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Bartholf’s project will build a trackBy Joel Beachum
“I believe that we have at least planted a seed around the town,” UNC Pembroke senior Lindsay Bartholf said. “The Walk-A-Thon day will be symbolic as a step toward having a healthier town and healthier children in Pembroke.”
She used the words to describe the events that will take place on April 28 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Pembroke Elementary. Pembroke Elementary will be hosting a Walk-A-Thon to help raise more money toward a newly formed track at the school.
They are still in the process of raising more money toward their goal of $3,000. Safe surface track
That money would go to build a fine-ground stone safe surface track that would outline the campus, Bartholf said. It would stretch one-third mile around and would replace the make-shift track she said is used everyday.
In reaching the goal, several contributors have already been in support of the program, as they have reached the $2,500 mark thanks to donations from UNCP Dining Center, Dr. Jeff Collins, Noah Woods (County Commissioner), Pembroke Town Council and Geraldine Clark and Pembroke Pediatrics.
“The students have been logging miles just to increase the fitness levels,” Bartholf said. “I ran with one of the classes and the kids were excited to be running around.”
During her senior year, Bartholf has been doing an internship at Pembroke Elementary, but it was her research project for the UNCP Honors College that took her work to the next level. After meeting with the principal, the school literally ran with the idea of the new track and formed a teacher committee to design a fundraiser for the track to be built.
Bartholf said that after building a partnership with the school, she began working with the physical education program. Survey
She then did a 25-question assessment survey dealing with third and fourth grade nutrition habits and physical activity habits. “The students are participating in physical activity once a week. Out of 30 hours of school, they are getting 30 minutes of structured physical activity,” Bartholf added. “Those numbers are incredibly disparaging to meet their health needs and that is nation-wide.”
The Walk-A-Thon is open to UNCP students to assist and participate, and it is open to the community. The event will feature music, incentive gifts for the Pembroke Elementary students that participate, and they will have education booths set up. Bartholf said she is really hopeful that the UNCP community will participate and get involved.
“I heard one of the students talking about their classmates and since they have started walking and running, they have lost weight,” Bartholf said about the program. “I was really encouraged by this. We need it in order to make a difference. “The track is great and it hopefully is going to be a great change. It will be a tool as health awareness for the community.”
Bartholf is a senior Health Promotions major at UNCP and was a starter on the Lady Braves basketball team. She holds the UNCP career record for three-point baskets made.
She also was recognized as a two-time member of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team, which is voted on by the members of College Sports Information Directors of America. The Pittsford, N.Y., native was a member of the All-Peach Belt Conference Basketball Team in the 2004-05 season.