Footbridge project unites rival high schools Walker Valley and Bradley Central

Footbridge project unites rival high schools Walker Valley and Bradley Central

November 11th, 2011 by Randall Higgins in News

Walker Valley High School residential construction students build a pedestrian bridge where a walking trail will eventually be in front of WVHS early Thursday morning.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

Walker Valley High School residential construction students build a pedestrian bridge where a walking trail will eventually be in front of WVHS early Thursday morning.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

Judson Barber, right, watches as his Walker Valley High School residential construction students build a pedestrian bridge where a walking trail will eventually be in front of WVHS early Thursday morning.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Two footbridges were installed Thursday morning for what will become a walking trail circling the front lawn at Walker Valley High School.

The bridges, built by students in the residential construction class at Bradley Central High School, will cross water spillways at two locations along the trail.

Volunteers from Lowe's joined the students to complete the first step toward what will be Bradley County Schools' eighth walking trail built this year for schools and the communities they serve.

"It's something you can look back on and say you helped build," Bradley Central junior Arlis Robinson said.

The Walker Valley trail will be a 9-foot-wide, paved path that extends about a third of a mile, said Andrea Lockerby, Bradley County Schools' director for Coordinated School Health.

The project received a Lowe's Local Heroes Grant along with volunteer support from the local store, said Charles Millsaps, human resources manager.

The actual construction took about two weeks, class instructor Judson Barber said. The class also has done work for Habitat for Humanity and other community groups, he said.

"The goal is to empower them," Barber said of his students. "Anything I can do, you can do."

As he watched Bradley students and Lowe's volunteers lift a bridge section into place, Chris Green, a Walker Valley assistant principal, said the work "is a great opportunity to show the give and take between the two schools. It is obvious a lot of care and effort went into this project."