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Improvements have been started on the all weather track behind McCaffrey Middle School

The future home of the Farm to Futures Center at McCaffrey Middle School is gearing up for a new all-weather track and field. When students can return to classes at the middle school, they will be treated to a six-lane synthetic track with an inner sod turf. Director of Business Services Lois Yount said the track project should be finished in mid-November.

“We are so excited the students will have a ‘real’ track for physical education,” Yount said. “The inner sod field might also open up some ideas for outside learning opportunities. As funds become available, we plan to add bleachers and shade structures.”

Superintendent Karen Schauer said the track is the beginning of the center.

“The track fits into our efforts to support the whole learner through supporting wellness and expanded middle school fitness opportunities,” Schauer said. “In addition, the track is a key component of the Farm to Futures Center that includes opportunities aligned to farm, fork, family, fitness and futures.

The project is being funded by developer fees and eventually will offer the community a place to exercise, as well as students. The 18.6-acre site will have an orchard, gardens and vineyards to continue agriculture education for both the middle and high schools. An Agri-Innovation Center is also in the plans.

“Mandy Garner, Liberty High School FFA teacher, has been instrumental in developing the orchard area and designed a special logo that captures the overall wellness theme of the Farm to Futures Center,” Schauer said.

It will also elevate education and opportunities for FFA and 4-H members and city youth sports leagues. The district hopes to continue the progress on the center through grants and private donations. The track and field will be home to Special Olympics as well.

The center, when complete, will house the Galt Horse Assisted Learning & Enrichment Program (GALEP), which is a therapeutic riding and after-school horse mastership program. A community plaza will offer a venue for varied events, including concerts, school presentations and community events, and expand innovative learning for over 3,500 Galt students.

Students won’t be the only people who can enjoy the center once completed. District plans include making the center a place where families can go and choose from many activities while learning about the deep agricultural roots that helped establish the city of Galt.