NEWARK — Some 180 fourth grade students from the Kelley School walked the newly opened Erie Canal trail that completed the 100-mile trail and connected Palmyra, Newark and Lyons.
The students joined the ribbon cutting ceremony and learned about the canal’s history as part of Newark School District’s fourth grade curriculum. Each student was given a village of Newark T-shirt which they wore on their walk and during the ceremony.
The invitation for ceremony was extended by Sandy Bastedo, project coordinator for the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play grant through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, who organized the trip. The program seeks to promote healthy activity and eating, with a focus on educating the public about diabetes.
Bastedo, with help from Kim Gardner, community nutrition educator for the grant, worked with the school district and coordinated plans for the students walk along the trail starting at the Dry Docks in Lyons. They were then bussed to the ceremony near Clinton Street. The students enjoyed apples and cider from The Apple Shed and learned about bicycle safety.
At the Oct. 16 Newark Village Board meeting, Mayor Peter Blandino shared the menagerie of handmade thank yous the students made thanking the village and the town of Arcadia for sharing the special day with them.