Tracking down health

Robert Moreno

Wed October 5, 2016 3:45pm

Parents of students at Salt Creek Elementary School took matters into their own hands when they saw a need for new quarter mile loop track that was fully funded by a parent group.
They raised $40,000 for a track in order to promote a healthy lifestyle, said Chula Vista Elementary School District Spokesman Anthony Millican.
“It’s really a tremendous achievement and a testament to parent engagement at that school and in the community,” Millican said. “It is really exciting to see that level of parent engagement.”
The track should get good use. Of the approximately 900 students at Salt Creek, about 200 of those participate in a parent lead running group.
For three mornings a week, Salt Creek’s parent-led running club hits the track with more than 200 student members. With each mile students run, they earn “feet” charms for their necklaces. Awards are given quarterly for top runners by grade-level.
Principal Lanie Perez said she appreciates what the group of parents have done for the school and the community.
“We are very proud of our track and even more so the community support that we have received from our parents in making it possible,” she said.