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First Lady Glenna Fletcher to Kick Off Audubon Traditional Elementary Fundraiser

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 13, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Gwenda Bond

Frankfort, Ky. — First Lady Glenna Fletcher and students and families at Audubon Traditional Elementary School in Louisville are showing their dedication to the Get Healthy Kentucky spirit.

On Friday, Mrs. Fletcher will join Audubon students, faculty and parents taking part in the school’s annual fundraiser - this year a walk to George Rogers Clark Park and back, a 2-mile roundtrip. The First Lady is helping kick off the event to bolster awareness for health issues and promote participation in the statewide wellness initiative, Get Healthy Kentucky (GHK).

“Audubon Traditional Elementary is setting a great example for others by showing that wellness encompasses everyone,” said Mrs. Fletcher. “Making fitness fun and educating our young people about how to live a healthy lifestyle are an important focus of Get Healthy Kentucky – and it’s a great way to raise funds for the school.”

The event, themed “Walk with the Eagles as We Soar to New Heights,” will begin at 9:45 a.m. with a pep rally to build excitement and motivation. The fifth graders will begin walking at 10 a.m. with other classes participating at other times.

“We are striving to not only raise funds for the school, but also to increase the awareness of the importance of being physically active,” said Mary Cooksey, Audubon walk-a-thon chair.

GHK works with community partners throughout the state to promote various wellness initiatives designed for a multitude of interests and all age groups. Other events have included the GHK-YMCA road race series, the 2007 Get Healthy Kentucky Bluegrass State Games, the 2007 National Senior Games, statewide tennis block parties, Disney Extreme Team MOVE IT camps and an AVP volleyball tournament in Louisville.

Governor Ernie Fletcher, Mrs. Fletcher and the GHK staff also have traveled the state leading Get Healthy Kentucky forums to discuss the mission and get others involved with the program. To learn more about these events and how to join GHK, visit the Web site at

“I’m excited to participate in an event that shows that Kentucky young people care about their health and their school,” said Mrs. Fletcher. “Through this walk, they’re doing something good for both.”