published Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Valley View Elementary School opens Bradley County walking track

All the kids at Valley View Elementary School take a lap around the community's new walking track Monday as part of the dedication.
All the kids at Valley View Elementary School take a lap around the community's new walking track Monday as part of the dedication.
Photo by Randall Higgins.
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CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- All the children at Valley View Elementary School took a victory lap around the community's new walking track on Halloween.

The trick is to make the healthy choice the easy choice, said Andrea Lockerby, Bradley County Schools' Coordinated School Health director.

And the treat, said Principal Sherrie Ledford, is the track the entire community had already started using before Monday's dedication.

"It has been amazing how the community has started using the track,'' Ledford said.

Valley View's new track is the seventh school walking track to open this year, Lockerby said. Another one will open soon at Walker Valley High School.

"Charleston and Michigan Avenue do not have tracks because of the land not being available," Lockerby said.

"Places like this are needed for the community, where families and children have an opportunity to be active," she said.

Valley View's track is important, Ledford said, because the community is far from the greenways and parks that are closer to town. The south Bradley community is near the Murray County, Ga., line.

The Valley View track is the result of a collaboration that includes Bradley County Healthy Community Initiative, an agreement with the state of Tennessee, Bradley County Schools, Valley View Ruritan Club, Valley View PTO and Nadene and Jeff Haines.

Contact Randall Higgins at or 423-314-1029

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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