BY JOHN THOMPSON, Johnson City Press
ELIZABETHTON — Despite the snow flurries and chilly winds, a group of students from Harold McCormick Elementary School enjoyed being a among the very first to enjoy the Storybook Trail on Wednesday morning.
The Storybook Trail is a section of the Tweetsie Trail on the northern boundary of the school property from Cedar Avenue and Johnson Avenue. It consists of 10 stations. There is a post at each station where a page of a children’s story is posted. By following the stations, a family with children will be able to not only get some walking exercise, but will also be able to read a popular children’s story.
For the first excursion, the children were joined by a group of adults who helped make the Storybook Trail a reality. The leader of the excursion was Josh McKinney of Grow Carter County. He directed the children to each station and once there, he read aloud the storybook pages that had been posted.
For the first trip, the storybook “I am Yoga,” by Susan Verde, was posted. To add to the occasion, Carrie Maggard, co-owner of Yoga Farm, came along to teach the children some yoga techniques at each station. The children enthusiastically performed the yoga positions demonstrated by Maggard.
The book featured on the trail will be changed frequently to a new book. The Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library will be posting the different books.
The trail’s feature art was created by students of the Bartleby Program at Elizabethton High School. A partnership with the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department made the trail possible.
The trail is part of Grow Carter County’s effort to improve the health and wellbeing of all Carter Countians. The group is part of the Healther Tennessee Committee initiative, a program started by the Governor’s Foundation of Health and Wellness.
McKinney also thanked the library’s Bernie Weese, a Grow Carter County member; Ashely Davies of the Carter County Health Department and a Grow Carter County member; Crystal Carter, director of the United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County; and Northeast Community Credit Union. He also thanked Director of Schools Corey Gardenhour for allowing the students to participate in the morning walk.