Mayor visits with GMSD students who walked 16,468 miles during annual Walk Across Tennessee event

Katie Faught’s classroom was a lively affair as Mike Palazzolo, Mayor of Germantown, awarded them with a trophy for walking almost 1,900 miles this fall.  “I did the math,” he quipped with the class, “and your class walked from here to the other side of Tennessee and back three times”.
 Students in Katie Faught's classroom crowd around the trophy for some pictures.

Her class, in partnership with GMSD School Coordinated Health and Healthy Germantown, participated in the annual Walk Across Tennessee program.

Walk Across Tennessee is a team-based walking program in which teeams are encouraged to cumulatively walk the equivalent of the length of Tennessee (about 500 miles) or more, over an five-week period. Team members do not have to walk together. Some may prefer to walk outside, while others walk on a treadmill.  “Or, in the case of an elementary school classroom they can engage in other healthy activities like kickball or GoNoodle,” according to Supervisor of Coordinated School Health Brian Fisher. 

The classroom who walked the most miles from each school was awarded with a special visit from the mayor and a trophy.  

Riverdale Elementary: Katie Faught 1,887
Farmington Elementary: Ashley Banks 1,852
Dogwood Elementary: Cassidy Van Voorst 1,546
During their mayoral visit, Cassidy Van Voorst's students used the moment to practice their handshake and eye contact with Mayor Mike Palazzolo.

All participants received a bracelet, compliments of Healthy Germantown. Those who completed 500 miles or more were awarded with additional prizes from Healthy Germantown and a certificate for completing the program.

Congratulations to the classrooms who Walked Across Tennessee this year:

Ashley Rotenberry
Carla Schurtz
Caryn Daugherty
Chelsea Determan
Jennifer Word
Kelly Hogan
Kelsey Dixon
Laura Wade
Melanie Moss
Paige Browning
Phebe Arehart
Rebecca Carey
Sandra Penn
Kristen Cerda
Renee Buchholz

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