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Page 4B EDUCATION Hays Free Press April 10, 2013 + Fuentes Elementary principal finishes Slim Down Showdown SUBMITTED REPORT Through the H-E-B Slim Down Showdown, Regina Butcher was able to show her students that everyone has the power to change, no mat- ter their circumstance. As the principal at Fuentes El- ementary in Kyle, she knows her actions af- fect many more lives than her words ever could. At the start of the competition in January, she wrote, "I know now that be- ing healthy isn't about making temporary changes," Butchersaid. "It's about making permanent changes. Making my own health a priority is the first step towards that change." Her goal was to win the prize money to pay for a new walking trackaround the school's playground. At the end of the contest, Butcher wrote on her blog, "I set my sights on that prize. My school and my kids need a track and I would do most anything to get them what they need. I love those 640 girls and boys and want them to get a new, safe track to use during recess and PE. I want my school community and neighborhood surround- ing my school, to have a place :or details and sampling instructions visit: www.bseacd.or~ and click on the Water Well Check-up Spotlight. -Regina Butcher, Fuentes Elementary principal to work together to improve their health." Though she did not up end winning the prize money, Butcher said she feels she has gained so much more. Her last blog post read, "This "contest" has become more about people than abouta prize. I've met ex- pertswho have taught me impor- tant les- sons about health, diet and exer- cise. I've worked with Slimdown profession- als who have given me advice, so- lutions, and perspec- tives. But the greatest treasures this forum has present- "It's about making ed me are those indi- permanent viduals who have shared changes. Making my pain and touched my my own health a w o u n d s. Those peo- priority is the first pie who say all the right step towards that words at all the right change," times have been a tre- mendous strength, but in the end it is your ac- tions that have mattered to me the most. Your love and your belief in my ability to live, grow and change." Donations for a new track around the school's playground would ease the disappointment of not winning. But mostly the new track would see Butcher's goal come to fruition - the goal of promoting good health and leading by example. COURTESY PHOTOS Butcher faces her fears during the showdown, including climbing a rock wall in front of her students and staff at the outdoor school at Camp Champions in Granite Shoals. "1 have gone to camp for seven years now, and have never attempted the climbing wall. This year, on the last day of camp I was determined to take the challenge by choice. I wanted to show my kids that I was afraid just like they are sometimes afraid, but that being afraid should not keep you from setting goals and going after what you want." BSEACD, in collaboration with the Texas Well Owner Network and AgriLife, is offering a free water well screening day for area residents. Samples from private water wells will be screened for common contaminants: - fecal coliform bacteria, nitrates, and salinity BSEACD will cover the analysis cost for private wells within its boundary. Samples must be turned in to the BSEACD office. 122 Main Street Downtown Buda at the traffic light 468-4451 Open every day 295-6008 \ + ,,,l,,,,,!l,,,, ....... I,,l,,,I ........................ I,! ....... II ..... I.l!. .1.!..121.111,Ill .... FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Take advantage of our incredibly low rates. e APR Contact a Loan Specialist at Ext. 7194 Why get a Home Equity Loan? Incredibly Low Rates Tax Deducuble Amazing Flexibility Debt Consolidation i ili: ! ii!ii) : i !;!