VBSD Trails System
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Helping students succeed extends beyond the classroom walls. VBSD, in its mission to create a culture of healthy living, is home to numerous trails and tracks, which encourage students and their families to get moving. These trails offer safe spaces for students and other residents to walk, jog, and exercise year-round.
In 2018, VBSD significantly expanded its trails system, adding new walkways at the King and Central Elementary School campuses and at the Freshman Academy. These, along with existing trails at Parkview and Tate, provide a network of trails for schools and the community to utilize. King’s trail also provides a unique experience with fitness stations, where people can perform upper and lower body strength and endurance Both the new and existing trails are a quarter-mile long. King and Central’s measure six-feet wide and Freshman Academy’s span eight feet across. All of the newly constructed trails have a concrete surface, while Parkview and Tate’s are made of asphalt.
The trails system is an important component of the District’s overall wellness plan, which focuses on student and staff health. Van Buren is designated as a Coordinated School Health (CSH) district by the Arkansas Department of Education. The additional trails will help VBSD further promote the importance of physical activity among its students and staff, a key component of the CSH model. Trails will also be open to the community during non-school hours, giving local residents easier access to a place for exercise and recreation.
Installation of the trails at Central, King and Freshman Academy was made possible by a partnership with city leaders. The trails were funded through a Joint Use Agreement (JUA) grant. Van Buren received the maximum amount allowed under the grant, $30,000. The funds come from the Arkansas Department of Education through Tobacco Excise Tax appropriations. Because JUA grants require the applicant to partner with a non-profit organization, VBSD coordinated with city officials during the process.