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.

Rousseau DI at Global Finals



Today was a BIG day here in Knoxville. We walked all over campus and met lots and lots of kids from lots of states and many foreign countries. We’ve met kids from Mexico, Guatemala, Poland, Brazil, Canada, England, and Korea. The kids from Turkey are really cool and we learned how to say “thank you” in Turkish. They also had really awesome hats. We walked all over and Peter saw a lizard when he was walking up this really big hill called “The Hill.” (Confederate soldiers took cannons way up there in the Civil War during a battle.) We went swimming and met lots of kids from all over and traded lots of pins. A snake slithered across the sidewalk right under our feet on our way to the opening ceremonies. They were really cool with national anthems from all the countries and a parade of all the states and nations. There was an amazing light show with fireworks too. We made duct tape ties and things to wear to the ceremonies. There is a duct tape fashion show so we are getting a lot of ideas. Tomorrow we have our instant challenge in the afternoon so we are going to watch a bunch of other teams’ performances tomorrow. There are even some university teams here. Thank you again for all your support! We could not have done this without everyone at Rousseau’s help!

The Ducks Are Back!

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For the fourth straight year, the mallards have returned!  Last week, 20 new little ducklings joined the long line of Rousseau ducks who have called our courtyard their home.  A second nesting hen was discovered this week so…make way for MORE ducklings!