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It was on one of these summer strolls that she realized she could have an impact on her neighborhood.
“The front of the school obviously needed help,” said Dunsmore. “Although I don’t have kids, I have a vested interest in Theodore Judah. This is my community. I wanted the children attending to feel proud of where they went to school.”
So Dunsmore got busy — really busy. With school starting in just a matter of days, Dunsmore reached out to Greco Landscaping, of Sacramento, to overhaul the school’s entrance. The team, including Dunsmore herself, quickly got their hands dirty planting low water, low maintenance perennials, shrubs and bushes, as well as overhauling the school’s sprinkler system.
“The project was contagious,” said Dunsmore. “When Greco found out that I was personally funding the job, they were so impressed that they discounted their services. Neighbors seeing the work that was done, picked up shovels eager to help, came by with cameras – all wanting to take part.”
The results are impressive.
“The front of the school has been cherished and worked on by the community for many years,” said Principal Corrie Celeste of Theodore Judah Elementary. “Approximately four years ago, the community worked together to design and enhance the landscaping of the front.
Volunteers subsequently contributed hours by pulling weeds and pruning. This summer we were due again for a spruce up. As we were assessing the need, a generous donor came forth. We are incredibly grateful to Paige for her contribution.”
FREE Health Fair and Fundraising Fitness Camps, September 13
Sacramento, Calif., (9/13/14) – “Sweatin’ for McKinley” is a free health fair with fundraising fitness classes happening all around the park; all of the proceeds are going to Friends Of East Sacramento, a local non-profit that maintains McKinley Park. It will take place on Saturday, Sept 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at McKinley Park. The FREE health fair features health screenings, food, music, raffles and health seminars. Purchase a ticket to the fitness buffet and take all you can handle, including pick up sports games and fitness classes starting every half hour. Whether you’re into Yoga, Soccer, Zumba, Foot Ball, Pilates, Boot Camp, Thai Chi, or Boxing, Sweatin’ For McKinley has a class for you! And don’t forget to bring the kids out so they can meet the local fire department and police force, drain their energy at one of the kids fitness classes, try some healthy snacks, and conquer the Sweatin’ For McKinley obstacle course. Attendees can take as many classes as they’d like with one ticket. Train Hard Or Go Home, Inside Publications, the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, Home Care Assistance, Steve Cohn, Mercy Hospital, and Friends of East Sacramento have joined forces with local businesses to support McKinley Park.
Meg White, owner of one of the main sponsors Train Hard Or Go Home, recalls what the park means to the community: “McKinley park was a place for me to run my fitness boot camps before I could open my studio, it’s a place for adults to get together and play their favorite sport, couples vow to spend their lives together here, people literally come here to smell the roses. I’ve seen all walks of life gather here to share a meal.” She encourages everyone to participate because you “can’t put a price on the value of this park. It takes the whole community to maintain McKinley. If we want it to stay around for us and our next generation to use, we must band together and SWEAT for McKinley.”
Fitness Classes: $10 Early Bird Tickets get you access to as many classes as you can handle. These can be purchased online at www.SweatingForMcKinley.com
For more information, contact Megan White at 916-508-6144.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8:30 am Opening Words/ Warm Up
|Tickets: $10 Pre Sale||Area 1||Area 2||Area 3|
|9 am||Beginning Yoga||Boot Camp||Boxing B Camp|
|9:30 am||Zumba /
|Kids Camp /
Adv Boot Camp
|10 am||Beginning Thai Chi||Kettle Bell Boot Camp||Flag Foot Ball|
|10:30 am||Zumba||Kids Yoga /
|11 am||Yoga for Runners||Pilates||Foot Golf|
1130 am Group Stretch– Raffle and Closing Ceremony at 12 pm
9 am – 10 am Portion Size: Getting All the Right Nutrients with Dr. M
930 – Getting and Maintaining Healthy Habits with Healthy Lifestyle Coach Aja
Blood Pressure Basics with Nurse Bubbles
11 am – Preventing Cavities and Promoting a Healthy Mouth
9:30 am –Successful Smoothies
10:30 am – 5 Min Meals with MadDog Meg
11:30 am – MadDogs Magic Muffins – Baking with Sue
For The Kids
Indoor Kids Club with Arts and Crafts – Kids Obstacle Course – Face Painting
9:30 am – Kids Boot Camp
10:30 am – Kids Yoga
11 am – Kids Hip/Hop Class (inside)
11:30 am – Kids Cooking Class – After School Snacks