KNOXVILLE (WATE) - It started with talk of New Year's resolutions and crystallized with the question: how do you motivate students to a healthier lifestyle?
For the administrators at Carter High School, the answer was simple - lead by example - and thus was born the Hornet Treadmill Challenge.
It has become a very familiar sight at lunchtime at Carter High School - Principal Cheryl Hickman and other assistant principals walking the two treadmills located just off the cafeteria.
The treadmills were brought in specifically for the Hornet Treadmill Challenge, an effort which came about from a brainstorming session among the principals about New Year's resolutions.
"We talked more and came up with this idea that we need to be good examples for our kids, knowing that obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are problems of our youth, so this is a way to model for our kids," Principal Hickman said.
Step by step, mile by mile, the administrators and others walked the treadmills, showing students that exercise is both good for the body and the mind.
As the days passed, Hickman realized that they could also raise money for a scholarship for a deserving Carter High senior.
And so now, every step made is a step closer to helping a student realize the dream of college.
"We have a lot of kids who are first generation college goers so we want to encourage them any way we can, especially since Pellissippi State is just three miles down the road from us," Hickman said.
The treadmill challenge will run into the middle of April. The scholarship recipient will be announced toward the end of the school year. But the long term benefit, they hope will last a lifetime.
"We feel its really important that we set the example and show them what they need to make as they leave Carter High School," Hickman said.
Good luck to our friends at Carter High School.
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