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      Eisenhower Elementary School's trail set to open next week

      The trail at Eisenhower Elementary School is set to be finished mid next week

      It??s been years in the making and it??s finally coming to fruition

      Wednesday morning at Eisenhower Elementary School in Ottumwa, construction officially began on what will be an almost mile-long walking trail that will loop around the pond.

      Thanks to student fundraising, the last $6,000 for the project was raised.

      During the school-year there is a student walking club that meets before school; they were limited to walking around the playground but now they??ll have a new walking trail to walk on.

      ??We also use this area for academic instructional activities. We've done writing projects out here, science projects and our ultimate goal is to have it be a community destination, some place that families can come, walk enjoy the wildlife that's in the pond and also just enjoy -- maybe a nice picnic here in the community,?? said Deb Cook, Principal.

      Cook said the trail is expected to be completed by mid next week.