Pasadena ISD administrators, Turner Elementary staff, along with community officials cut the ribbon on the school's new track. Pictured: Pasadena ISD deputy superintendent Karen Hickman, School Board secretary Kenny Fernandez, P.E. teacher Jackie Caver, Rugged Race Founder Kasie Fernandez, Assistant Principal Rhonda Wright, Pasadena Councilman Jeff Wagner, Principal Donna Duke, Health, P.E. and Wellness coordinator Pam Tevis, and Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Cristina Womack.
By Reesha Brown
Through generous donations from Pasadena businesses and community members, Turner Elementary officially cut the ceremonial ribbon on the school’s new track on Monday.
“Our parents are very excited,” Jackie Caver, Turner P.E. teacher said. “I thank the community for believing in me and what I am trying to create at Turner, for trusting me and supporting me unconditionally.”
Turner was chosen to receive a $10,000 donation to go toward the track for their continuous participation in the annual Rugged Race, a 1K and 5K obstacle course. This contribution, coupled with all the community donations, including support from the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, helped the school raise a total of $30,000 in nine months to fund the new track.
“Jackie [Caver] does a great job promoting the [Rugged Race] event and an even better job with her kids in her P.E. classes,” Kasie Fernandez, founder of the Rugged Race said.
To show appreciation, Turner plans to dedicate four wooden benches in honor of the donors. The benches will be built as an Eagle Scout project by Caver’s son Michael and will be permanently placed around the track with engraved plates bearing the donor’s names, including Albemarle, Growing Healthy Schools, the Rugged Race and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.
The track will help the school continue their efforts to create a healthy environment for students and the community during school hours and beyond.
“Obesity rates are consistently rising and students need to get moving,” Caver said. “We push for families to be active and now with the track in place, they can get the 60 minutes of physical activity they need a day without leaving their neighborhoods.”
Thanks to donors Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, the Rugged Race, Dr. Moliver, D.H. Tire, Souper Salad, Albemarle, Growing Healthy Schools, HEB, It’s Time Texas, Walk for Sight, Cup Stacking, Chick-fil-A, Camp Gladiator, the Kauffman, Elizondo, Pruitt, Boudreaux, Votion, Cruz, Poole, Milburn, Salas, Collins, Gonzales and Shrum families.