Photo by Larry Young

Photo by Larry Young

Neighborhood fitness group Women with Balls raised $3,500 at its annual fun run and breakfast last year to help beautify the track area at W.T. White High School. Now the women want to build on that goal for an even bigger project, says neighbor and group leader Patsy Shropshire.

With more community donations and a corporate sponsor, she hopes to create a public wellness area near the W.T. White track, supplying workout equipment, seating and a water fountain.

“The prime goal of this wellness area is to make motion and exercise all the more accessible and convenient,” Shropshire says. “I’d love to help develop an incentive-based program that encourages students to use the wellness area before and after school.”

She presented the idea to the Schreiber Volunteer Neighborhood Association and W.T. White principal Michelle Thompson, and received positive feedback from the community.

Shropshire says the project would provide the school with easy access to exercise that could help boost performance in the classroom. Plus, anyone from the neighborhood also could walk over and use the equipment.

SVNA is facilitating contributions online. To donate to the initiative, visit

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