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Life's a Hike, One Trail at a Time

Date(s): 4/2/2014, 4/5/2014, 4/9/2014, 4/12/2014, 4/16/2014, 4/19/2014, 4/23/2014, 4/26/2014, 4/30/2014, 5/3/2014

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Charleston Montessori’s community spring hike series, “Life’s a Hike… One Trail at a Time,” begins April 2 with the Sunrise Carriage Trail in South Hills. The ten hikes are an annual program of Charleston Montessori School, allowing students, families and community members to join together for exercise and enjoyment of the outdoors.
“Charleston has an abundance of resources for outdoor recreation and the trails are an important component,” said school director Paige Payne. “Montessori philosophy emphasizes the need for children to have opportunities playing outside and discovering nature. We integrate these components into our daily learning, but the hikes allow for an extended classroom and expanded participation by the community. The power of nature as a teacher, combined by the physical activity and teamwork of hiking, is a win for all of us.”
This is the third year for “Life’s a Hike” and both community sponsors and partners have signed on to participate. “The series brings us together as a community for exercise, but also gives us a chance to make a difference for others,” explained Payne. Hikers will be encouraged to bring items to the trailheads for designated non-profits, including Covenant House, Read Aloud WV, the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, the YWCA and others. Specific donations will be posted on the school’s Facebook page prior to each hike.
For the first time, hikes will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Previous hike series had been held on ten consecutive Saturdays. The Kanawha City Bike Trail (April 19), Kanawha Boulevard Walk at Lunch Day (April 30), and the CCC Snipe Trail at Kanawha State Forest (May 3) are accessible for strollers and wheelchairs.
“We are excited that the City of Charleston and the West Virginia Power have teamed up for Power 150, also beginning in April,” said Payne. “Life’s a Hike is a great opportunity to meet the Mayor’s challenge of 150 miles in 150 days and enjoy some of Charleston’s natural beauty. We hope to see a lot of Power 150 participants on the trails.”
A complete schedule is below. For more information on “Life’s a Hike,” please contact Charleston Montessori School at (304) 340-9000. A detailed schedule is also available on the school’s website, http://www.charlestonmontessori.com/community-service/lifes-a-hike.
Charleston Montessori School at (304) 340-9000. A detailed schedule is also available on the school’s website, http://www.charlestonmontessori.com/community-service/lifes-a-hike

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