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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Autumn Day at Oswayo Valley Elementary School

Walk at School 2016

With nearly perfect weather conditions, OV students and staff set out on their annual trek celebrating National Walk at School Day. This year the event was a reflection of pride and spirit within the community. The 1.5 mile journey took students across the ‘Safe Routes to School’ Sidewalks’ through the school’s apple orchard and around the newly built OV Track. Each of these three elements are evidence of vision and progress.

The Track is still under development however with the earliest phases completed events can be held on it this year. Elementary students can look forward to their future years as varsity athletes and to be able to compete on the new facility. The community can take great pride at knowing much of the funding and resources have been donated through T.R.A.C.K [Together Rebuilding Alumni Community and Kids] along with private donors and Foundations. Fund raising efforts will continue until the final phase of the new track is completed.

Nine years ago, through a PA Department of Agriculture Grant, and apple orchard was planted on the school campus. The grant was for Kindergarten students to learn an appreciation for science and agriculture. 24 trees are now fully grown and this year produced the first real crop of fruit. Next years crop should yield a substantial abundance. The project continues to be recognized as a unique and exceptional project for school students.

Oswayo Valley was fortunate to be among the earliest recipients of a Safe Routes to School Project which allowed for the establishment of walking paths connecting the borough to the school campus. The federal and state project was completed five years ago and continues to be a popular place for people throughout all seasons. Pedestrians frequent the paths as they walk for recreation or enroute to school or other destinations.

Phys. Ed. Teacher April Mashensic, organized WALK at SCHOOL with special help from the high school NRG Club and the district Wellness Committee. The trek ended with everyone enjoying a healthy snack, an apple, before returning to their classrooms. Later in the day a whole-school picture was taken in the orchard for display in the elementary school lobby.


Anonymous said...

What do they do with the apples from the orchard?? does some one spray them ??

Anonymous said...

So excited to see the apple trees are producing!! My son, who is now a freshmen at OV, was in the kindergarten class that planted them.