By Becky Killian / Managing Editor
Ropes were climbed, hula hoops spun round hips and chins cleared chin-up bars Wednesday at Corbin Intermediate School.
The fitness demonstration by some of the school’s students, a few teachers and one red hound of a mascot was done before an enthusiastic crowd that had gathered for the ribbon cutting on the school’s new Project Fit America outdoor fitness course.
Principal Bill Jones told the crowd the equipment, which includes both indoor and outdoor equipment, was worth about $20,000 and was made possible by a grant written by Baptist Regional Medical Center.
Jones said Lee Richardson, community health services coordinator for the hospital, contacted him about a year ago to say she wanted to apply for the grant. While Jones said he thought it was great, he wasn’t certain the school would win the grant.
“We could not have done this without you,” Jones said to hospital officials who attended the event.
After Corbin Mayor Willard McBurney proclaimed the day “Project Fit America Day,” Corbin Independent Schools Administrative Assistant Darrell Tremaine credited the district’s board for purchasing the ground where the playground now exists.
“Schools are communities,” Tremaine said. “This playground is a community playground.”
Drew Beechum, student council representative, said the equipment is a blessing that will help the students and the community become a more fit community.
Baptist Regional Medical Center President and CEO Larry Gray complimented Beechum for his choice of words in talking about a fit community, telling the students he has grandkids their age and he hopes they have the opportunity to stay fit— in part due to the fact they will someday be taking care of him.
“So I have an investment in keeping you healthy and strong,” Gray said.
Despite the fact he oversees a hospital, Gray said he hopes he only sees those he spoke to at future fun events and that the hospital is proud to be able to contribute to making the community healthier.
“So you are going to lead the way,” Gray said to the students.
After the ribbon was cut, students demonstrated how the equipment is used.
Corbin Intermediate School is now designated as a Kentucky/Project Fit America model school.
Project Fit America is a national nonprofit organization that aims to create “sustainable and innovative physical education programs in schools” as a means to counter this country’s obesity epidemic and the health fallout from poor fitness such as diabetes, heart attack and stroke.
School, city and BRMC officials attend ribbon cutting at Corbin Intermediate School Wednesday
Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center wins state, national honors
Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center took home top facility honors at the 2013 Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities (KAHCF) annual meeting Nov. 12-14 in Louisville.
The Doctor is Out
As a Korean War marine radio telegraph operator, young Robert Edward Mackey returned home in 1957 to Barbourville with an open mind on how he would spend his future.
While researching an obituary for someone at the Whitley County Public Library, Patricia Jones, president of the Whitley County Historical and Genealogical Society, ran across a one-line news brief in an 1891 newspaper that read “The wife of Terrell Rains died Thursday of typhoid.”
Jan. 29, 1957, began like any other late January day in southeastern Kentucky. The gray overcast clouds suggested another dreary dose of rain and a chilling breeze.
Singleton speaks at Union convocation
Those attending Union College’s spring convocation Thursday were challenged to put others above themselves in order to be effective servants.
Martin Luther King Day celebration held at London Community Center
“Freedom.” That is what Martin Luther King Day means to Pearl Shepherd, who participated in a Martin Luther King Day celebration held Monday at the London Community Center by the Laurel County African American Heritage Center.
Goodness gracious, Great Walls of China
Corbin Intermediate School looked a little different Friday morning. In fact, one hallway invited students, parents and visitors to a totally fascinating and intriguing world called “The Great Halls of China.”
A Different Time - A Familiar Place
The new fallen snow on the street and sidewalk glistened in the darkness from the glow of multicolored holiday lights draped across the railway’s underpass, a gateway to opportunity and faraway places.
Former pro football player visits Corbin schools
Students at Corbin High and Middle schools gathered last week to hear a message from a former professional football player.
Animal shelter holds event for FACT club
A tiny Chihuahua in a red plaid sweater wagged his tail at the sight of a small crowd of high school students Friday.
- More Features Headlines
- Williamsburg Health and Rehabilitation Center wins state, national honors