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Schools Walk Across Williamson During March

Williamson County students, teachers and staff were challenged to take steps toward being more active: literally.

Throughout March, thousands of minutes of activity were logged to represent the 90-mile hike across Williamson County. On April 8, the Walk Across Williamson Challenge concluded its 10th year with a timed 5k and a mile fun run at Harlinsdale Farms in Franklin.

The activity minutes the schools recorded came in handy. The top eight schools with the highest percentage of participating students won a mini-grant.

“The mini-grants  must be spent in a way that promotes the Coordinated School Health initiative in the areas of nutrition, physical activity and comprehensive health education and focuses on students,” said WCS Nurse Coordinator Tina Hamblen. “The goal is to improve student health with the participation of families, communities and schools.”

The winning school, with a student participation rate of 92 percent, was Walnut Grove Elementary.

“Walnut Grove has participated in the Walk Across Williamson event since its inception,” said Walnut Grove Health School Team Liason Monica Woods. “We look forward to this event because it brings awareness of the importance of physical fitness in our community.”

Below are the schools that won a mini-grant:

  1. Walnut Grove Elementary: $1,400
  2. Lipscomb Elementary: $1,200
  3. Hunters Bend Elementary: $1,000
  4. Chapman’s Retreat Elementary: $800
  5. Franklin High School: $700
  6. Westwood Elementary: $600
  7. Kenrose Elementary: $500
  8. Woodland Middle: $400

Hunters Bend Elementary won the Most Improved Student Participation Award and an additional $200 by increasing their participation rate from 8 percent to 66 percent in just one year.

The elementary, middle and high school with the most total participation, including students, staff and family, received a trophy that will remain at each school until next year. The winning schools for each grade level were Lipscomb Elementary with 989 total participants, Woodland Middle with 205 participants and Franklin High with 454 participants.

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