I was very encouraged by the article, “Not your father’s gym class,” that appeared in the Sunday Observer-Reporter highlighting three Washington County school districts’ efforts to promote outdoor activities and recreation to their students. The districts of Bethlehem-Center, Canon-McMillan and Avella should be complimented for their creativity in instilling a lifelong appreciation for recreation, fitness and adventure in their students.
Fortunately for Washington County residents and visitors, we have numerous opportunities to explore the outdoors and tremendous options for recreation. Whether it is biking on the Montour Trail, fishing on the Monongahela River, canoeing on Ten Mile Creek or even walking in one of our historic downtowns, Washington County residents and travelers alike can develop a lifelong interest in the outdoors, as well as receive the health benefits that are attained from an active lifestyle by discovering the recreational opportunities we have here in our county.
As the weather gets warm, we challenge our county residents and visitors to follow these students’ example by getting outdoors, getting active and finding new ways to “Share the Energy of Washington County!”
Kotula is president of the Washington County Tourism Promotion Agency.