Valley Forge Educational Services will mark the completion of new fitness trail
and exercise stations with a grand opening Thursday, November 5, behind The
Vanguard Middle and High School on the organization’s 28-acre Malvern campus.
event will feature motivational remarks, donor acknowledgements and an
inaugural walk led by The Vanguard School students along with staff on the
one-third mile scenic trail. The trail features three exercise stations for flexibility,
aerobic and strength training, which will be introduced during the grand
opening. Tucked away along the beautiful tree-lined field, the trail’s serene
outdoor location offers great motivation for fresh air and exercise.
members of the VFES community (including trail visionary Thomas Smith,
Assistant Director of The Vanguard School), worked hard for many years to make
the trail a reality. VFES has been focused on improving the health and fitness
of the children and young adults they serve, knowing that health struggles are
a real problem for children with special needs. Many
students with special needs are challenged with motor-planning, and
coordination difficulties as well as other factors relating to their
exceptionalities – such as taking a prescribed medication or having very
particular food preferences – which makes it even more difficult to enjoy an
active lifestyle and maintain a healthy weight.
The fitness trail will be an integral addition to the VFES health and
wellness curriculum; which includes a daily classroom-movement initiative, a
flourishing school vegetable garden and an innovative culinary arts and food
service programs focused on good nutrition.