Fitness in the Nick of Time

Their World: Sunbury, Gates County

How They Shaped It: Late in the 2006-2007 school year, the principal of T.S. Cooper Elementary faced a troubling challenge. Unless the school’s construction project for a new classroom wing was expedited, students would lose their playground and recreation field when they returned to school the following year. With no funding budget and little time to search for grants, the Gates Partners for Health submitted a grant proposal to construct a fitness course and walking track for the growing school. Their proposal would enable students and staff to access a fitness facility during school hours, after which the course would stay open to other members of the community.

Their Successes:

  • Secured full funding for a fitness course and walking track
  • Completed construction on a facility the entire community could enjoy