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Pig kisses, fitness trail under way

Primary school raised more than $12,200 during run


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Because the school raised more than $5,000 during its fun run, Principal Peter McDougal kissed a pig during the morning assembly in front of the entire school.The folks at Cedaroak Park Primary School are getting physical. The school raised more than $12,200 in its annual “Good For the Sole, Great For the School” fun run/walk on Oct. 5. The money raised by the PTA-sponsored event goes to art literacy programs, assemblies and student gardens.

The entire school celebrated the fundraising efforts on Oct. 18 with a pancake breakfast and good ole’ fashioned pig kissing.

Because the school raised more than the targeted $5,000, Principal Peter McDougal kissed a pig during the morning assembly in front of the entire school.

The PTA has more fitness projects up their sleeve. The parent group is working to create a fitness trail around the perimeter of the school.

“The trail is two part,” said PTA volunteer Anne Beltman, referring to the proposed crushed gravel trail. “About a quarter of a mile can be used by kids during recess and the other about a third of a mile portion of the trail will extend around the full perimeter of the property.”

The project was first discussed two years ago and has since become an earmark project with the parent organization. The group is currently seeking monetary donations — projected costs are $1,800 — and are applying for grants through organizations like Nike and the Portland Timbers. Once the money is secured, Beltman said, work will begin on the trail. Volunteer work crews will be required to dig up several inches of grass, perhaps lay weed fabric and then crushed gravel on top.

“The ultimate goal is to have little fitness stations located around the trail, which will be available for kids and then also the community,’ Beltman said, mentioning pull-up bars, balance stations and more. “We are bouncing around a lot of good ideas about how it can be used for the children and the community to promote health and fitness.”

Beltman said student and community input will be sought throughout the development of the fitness trail. She also hopes the trail will inspire a Girls on the Run group — a social running club for girls grades 3-5.

“I’m so excited about this project,” she said. “I think it will leave a great legacy for the school and this community.”

For more information or to make a donation, call 503-709-7708 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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