Chula Vista Hills Dedicates New Track

Supported by an array of parents and community leaders, Chula Vista Hills Elementary students recently took a ceremonial first lap around the school’s new track. The school’s Cheetah mascot took part in leading the lap, a trot that included school staff and Superintendent Dr. Francisco Escobedo.

“Chula Vista Hills students have always had a passion for running and PTA has supported this activity with the Cheetah Champs running program for many years,” said Principal Monica Sorenson. “But our students let us know that the old running path needed improvement.”

Two years ago, the National Football League named Chula Vista Hills an ‘NFL Play 60 Super School,’ a designation that came with a $10,000 grant award to support students’ health and wellness. The NFL’s PLAY 60 campaign encourages youth to get 60 minutes of exercise a day and lead a healthy lifestyle. The school used the grant to help jump start the track project. Plans also include installing fitness stations at various points along the track. The PTA, Student Council, student Peace Patrol, and community supporters stepped in to fundraise for the remainder of the $25,000 track costs.

“One wonderfully generous teacher, Dottie Jenkins, put us over the top of our fundraising goal by donating the last significant amount needed to begin the project,” Sorenson said. “It took two years to provide this opportunity to our students but we continued to pursue our goal and make it a reality. This accomplishment has further inspired our community.”

Mayor Cheryl Cox, the founding principal of Chula Vista Hills, joined Sorenson and Dr. Escobedo in helping Student Council President Ashley Huhyn cut the ceremonial ribbon to dedicate the track.

“This track is truly the product of a team effort,” Sorenson said.

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One Comment on “Chula Vista Hills Dedicates New Track”

  1. cvesdtech May 22, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    Grant money put to a great use. Congratulations on completing your goal CVHills!

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