NEWS from Detroit Public Schools
Office of Public Relations

Immediate Release
Media Contact: Steve Wasko
313-873-4542, 313-212-5636

On Thursday, November 13th at 11:30am, Trix Elementary School will celebrate the grand opening of their new school track and being recently named the Healthy Schools Program Bronze National Recognition Award winner! Trix Elementary is the only school in Michigan to receive such an honor and is holding an afternoon of fun activities to celebrate being a healthy ‘urban success.’ The award is given by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation- a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation – through its Healthy Schools Program. Major support for the program is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The festivities will kick off with the unveiling of the track and Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr. will even be on hand to join in the celebration. Students will have the opportunity to participate in fun physical
activities on their new school track. Upon reaching the finish line, each student will receive fun give-aways for their effort! A film crew will also be at the school for two days this week working on a short documentary featuring the success Trix has had with the Healthy Schools Program

Trix Principal Wes Ganson credits the Healthy Schools Program with the ability to move plans for the track forward. Principal Ganson took the initiative to contact the organization about starting a program at his school, and is pleased with the good things happening at Trix. Twenty DPS schools are currently involved in The Healthy Schools Program and all are making great strides at improving student and community health.

The new track at Trix was funded by a grant from Generations with Promise initiative through the State of Michigan Surgeon General’s Office. Trix partnered with the University of Michigan’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning to design and build the outdoor track and add new playground equipment to promote physical activity. DPS high school student volunteers provided the labor and Home Depot also stepped in to provide help with the landscaping. The new track will be a great way for students to stay healthy and will encourage them to become more physically active.

Trix Elementary is located at 13700 Bringard Drive.

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