App State’s Homecoming Parade and APPtoberfest

There is lots of fall fun this week in the High Country. You are invited to App State’s Homecoming Parade and APPtoberfest.

Photo Courtesy: App State Alumni Association

The 2019 Appalachian State University Homecoming Parade will take place on Friday, October 18. The parade will travel through the campus of Appalachian and along King Street in downtown Boone.

Visitors to downtown will be able to park in any of the Town of Boone public parking lots, or on King Street. After 5:00 p.m., guests may also park in the Human Services Center parking lot, which is just a short walk to the parade route, and downtown amenities. For optimal parking and parade viewing sights, please arrive in downtown no later than 6:00 p.m.

Streets will close an hour prior to the parade step off at 7:00 p.m., all traffic lanes through downtown will remain open until that time. For a short period during the parade, traffic coming into town from the west will be rerouted via the Poplar Grove Connector. Access to downtown parking on Queen and Depot streets will be reopened at the Waters Street intersection as soon as the parade has safely cleared the intersection.

Following the parade, head over to APPtoberfest at Peacock Hall Parking Lot and enjoy live music featuring Arson Daily, a pep rally, ferris wheel, inflatables, and food.

Appalachian Home School Physical Education Program

BOONE, N.C. — Local kindergartners through middle schoolers will once again have the opportunity to flex their physical — as well as social — muscles through Appalachian State University’s 2018–19 Home School Physical Education (PE) Program. Additionally, two new components of the program will allow pre-K children and parents of children in the Home School PE Program to be active as well.

Classes begin Sept. 11 and will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 1–1:50 p.m. The annual cost for the program, which is designed for children ages 3–12 and is held on Appalachian’s campus, is $30 per child.

The Home School PE Program is part of the Beaver College of Health Sciences’ health and physical education, K-12 degree program at Appalachian and is overseen by Dr. Brooke Towner, lecturer in the college’s Department of Recreation Management and Physical Education. She has many years of experience working with children in both academic and recreational settings.

“Regular participation in physical education classes can provide significant benefits for children in all the developmental stages of life,” Towner said. “Some of the amazing benefits students can experience through this quality physical education experience are physical improvements in physical fitness and fundamental motor skills, mental improvements in confidence and well-being, and behavioral improvements in attention and interacting with peers.”

The Home School PE Program uses the innovative SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) physical education curriculum, which has been shown in a variety of research studies to improve students’ motor skills and fitness, and to be enjoyable for students.

According to its website, SPARK “strives to improve the health of children, adolescents, and adults by disseminating evidence-based Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, and Safe and Healthy Students programs to teachers and recreation leaders serving Pre-K through 12th grade students.”

This year, two additional physical activity programs will be offered in association with the Home School PE Program:

  • The Play Pen — Play Pen activities are designed for children ages 3 and 4 and will be structured using the SPARK early childhood curriculum. The curriculum is designed to provide children with high activity, including academically integrated, enjoyable movement opportunities that foster social and motor development.
  • The Parent Pack: Parents Walking Program — Parents are encouraged to be active, too, while their children are involved in the Home School PE program. This parent-centered physical activity program will consist of a structured walking program led by a junior-level health and physical education major at Appalachian. During the walks, participants will have the opportunity to discuss various physical activities and health topics with these student leaders.

For more information about the Home School PE program, contact Dr. Benjamin Sibley at or 828-262-6300, and/or Towner at

App State Celebrates Camellia Bowl Win On January 23

Camellia Bowl CelebrationA celebration of Appalachian State University football’s historic 2015 season and 31-29 win over Ohio in the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl will be held in conjunction with the Mountaineers’ basketball doubleheader versus rival Georgia Southern on Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Holmes Center.

The celebration will include an autograph session with Appalachian State football student-athletes and coaches, the opportunity to take photos with the Camellia Bowl championship trophy and a halftime recognition featuring head coach Scott Satterfield.

The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a FREE poster commemorating the Mountaineers’ 2015 football campaign and Camellia Bowl triumph.

The football celebration is included in the price of admission to the hoops doubleheader versus Georgia Southern. Tickets cost just $15 for adults and $10 for youth (ages 3-12) and can be purchased online by clicking HERE, by phone at (828) 262-2079 or in person at the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located at the Holmes Center.

Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 • Holmes Center

Gates open — first 1,000 fans in attendance receive a free poster commemorating the historic 2015 football season

Noon until beginning of second half of men’s game:
Raycom Media Camellia Bowl trophy available for photos on Holmes Center concourse

1 p.m.:
Appalachian State women’s basketball vs. Georgia Southern

Conclusion of women’s game (approximately 3 p.m.) until beginning of men’s game (3:45 p.m. or 45 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s game, whichever is later):
Autograph session with Appalachian State football coaches and student-athletes on Holmes Center concourse

3:45 p.m.:
Appalachian State men’s basketball vs. Georgia Southern

Halftime of men’s game:
Halftime recognition featuring head coach Scott Satterfield

Girls on the Run Spring Registration is Now Open!

Registration for the Spring 2015 Girls on the Run – High Country season opened on January 26.


Girls on the Run is a positive youth development after school program for 3rd-8th grade girls and part of an international organization with over 120,000 participants on an annual basis. We have a highly interactive 24 lesson curriculum that combines self-esteem enhancing lessons with uplifting workouts. At the end of the program, young girls are empowered with a sense of achievement when they complete a 5k race with hundreds of other Girls on the Run participants. The aim is to develop the whole girl; her physical, mental, emotional and social self.

Each site in the High Country is limited to the first 15 girls who complete on-line registration. For the spring of 2015, GOTR hopes to operate programs at each of the sites listed below. Once the 15 person limit is met for each site, girls may either be placed on a waiting list or may register for a different site.

To be eligible for Girls on the Run (GOTR), girls must be in the 3rd-5th grade. To be eligible for Girls on Track (GOT), girls must be in middle school. It is not a requirement to attend the school for which the girl is registering.

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The 2014-15 GOTR fee structure, which includes 24 classes, 5K registration, water bottle, medal, goody bag and t-shirt is as follows:

$25: Girls who qualify for free or reduced lunch (proof may be required)
$75: Girls with extenuating financial circumstances (will be required to write an explanation statement)
$100: Standard fee
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GOTR = Girls on the Run (3rd-5th grade)

GOT = Girls on Track (6th-8th grade)

GOTR Hardin Park, M/W, 2:45 – 4:00
GOTR Green Valley, M/W, 2:45 – 4:00
GOTR Cove Creek, M/W, 2:45 – 4:00
GOTR Parkway, Tu/Th, 2:45 – 4:00
GOTR Valle Crucis, W/Th, 2:45 – 4:00
GOTR Banner Elk, M/W, 3:00 – 4:15
GOTR Crossnore, M/Th, 3:45 – 5:00
GOTR Riverside, TBD
GOTR North Wilkesboro Elementary, Tu/Th, 3:15 – 4:45
GOT North Wilkes Middle, M/Fr, 3:30 – 4:45
GOT Avery Middle School, M/Thur, 3:15 – 4:30

For more information, please visit the ASU Girls on the Run website.