PTA votes to set aside $3,000 of last years fundraising efforts to start this project!
October 12, 2016
BENEFITING: Illinois Congress Of Parents Teachers
Thomas Paine Elementary school PTA is trying to create a 1/4 mile, paved fitness path behind the school to promote the physical fitness of our students! We would like this path to be fully accessible to all of our students and to include some paved pads at certain intervals where students can stop and participate in extra exercises as they choose. This project is important to us because having this path is a way to further teach students healthy habits for life and increase the physical and social-emotional health of our children. There are multiple studies sighting the benefits of increased physical activity to academic achievement. Urbana school district values physical fitness as well, as is evidenced by the addition of PE teachers this year as well as the continued support of programs like Girls on the Run. This path would offer our PE teacher a nicer place to conduct her teaching than the gym, if weather allows, and will certainly provide a more sturdy running path for physical fitness testing (mile run) that is required by the state of Illinois. We also envision the path to be a place where kids can learn a lifelong fitness habit, walking, and can socialize with friends while they do it, which is also an important part of childhood. We are asking for donations because although Thomas Paine has a great group of dedicated staff and students we cannot raise all the funds needed for this path on our own! The cost for a path with a blacktop is over $24,000. Our school is a suburban school in a university town with a low-income population of over 60%. The goal of our school is: to provide a safe, educational climate. Children's learning is enhanced by effective communication and a spirit of cooperation and collaboration among faculty, staff, parents and students. We recognize that children each have a unique intelligence and learning style, and we encourage their talents. Because we expect children to be responsible individuals, we support and assist them as they learn to make good decisions about their behavior.