A Walking/Running Track for Rousseau School

The Walking Track is complete!

Wellness is a major focus for all Lincoln Public Schools this year. Each school has a parent/staff committee working on this effort.

In May, Jenni Bruning Brown and Dave Brown ran in the Lincoln 1/2 Marathon. They pushed their 2 ½ year old son, Thatcher, in his wheelchair for the 13.1 miles in the hopes of raising $15,000 to build this track at Rousseau. Thatcher has had ongoing health problems since he was born. He is now 2 ½ and has difficulty walking. So after hearing about Rousseau’s need for a track, they decided that in this year’s Lincoln Marathon they would try to make it happen.


They raised enough money through their organization Runners with a Reason to build a track here at Rousseau School so that all kids have a place to walk, run and move.  The other current space is covered with gravel which would be very difficult for a child in a wheelchair or walker to move through easily. It is important that peers with special needs get an opportunity to play with their friends. Building a track also supports our school’s health and wellness goals for both students and teachers. It is something that all kids at school need and would use, not only kids like Thatcher.