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Roosevelt Elementary School in Faribault will join schools across Minnesota and around the world by participating in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
The event will begin at 7:20 a.m. with students and their families, along with local officials and community organizations gathering at City View Park. Walkers will leave the park for the school at 7:35 a.m. Bikers are also welcome.
International Walk to School Day is held each fall and was designed to create awareness of and interest in walking. “Walk and Bike to School Days are an amazing way to build community at our school. Students feel more connected to their classmates and teachers when they are active together. Our school has some challenges geographically since so many students do not live close to school, but this is an opportunity to work with families to have a drop off point so they can participate in a simple healthy choice like walking or biking,” said Wanda Holmgren. Holmgren is the art teacher at Roosevelt, as well as a champion for the school’s wellness efforts.
International Walk to School Day events promote healthy lifestyles among children by encouraging them to walk to school. More activity means healthier kids. Events like these emphasize ways to make the daily trip to school safe and fun. When children walk or bike to school, they make new friends and become more familiar with their neighborhood. And with more students on foot, traffic around schools is reduced.
If you are interested in learning more about your local school’s wellness efforts or would like more information about International Walk to School Day, please contact your local school or the Rice County Public Health SHIP Coordinator.
Josh Ramaker, Rice County Public Health SHIP Coordinator, (507) 332-5911
Sara Coulter, Rice County Public Health Supervisor, (507) 332-5910
Sara Folsted, Rice County Administrator, (507) 332-6121