CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A family hike series planned by Charleston Montessori School already is achieving its intended goals to promote fitness and bring together families from the school with members of the community, its organizers say.
Saturday morning, anyone who wishes to take a hike around the Kanawha City bike trail is welcome to join in. Susanne Coffield, co-director of the school, said the hikes so far have attracted a good age range from the school along with others in the community who have learned of the hikes.
"It's community building within the school because we invited families, and it's community building in the greater community," she said.
"The distances vary, but they are mostly easy difficulty so everyone from age 3 to their grandparents can hike them," she said. "The one we did at Coonskin (last weekend) was a little more challenging, but it had the most beautiful waterfall."
Because Saturday's hike takes place along the bike trail, Coffield said families are encouraged to walk or ride their bicycles.
Hikes take place Saturdays through May 11. Already, hikes have taken place at the Wallace-Hartman trail that runs off South Ruffner Road, on the Carriage Trail and at Coonskin. Information about upcoming hikes will be posted to the school's Facebook page.
Those hikes include: