Walk To School Day 2012

CONTACTS:

 

 

Theresa Roach
Active Living Associate,
Crim Fitness Foundation

(810) 235-7894 or troach@crim.org

Linda Koory
Assistant Principal,
DTM Elementary

(810) 760-1594 or lkoory@flintschools.org

Phyllis McCree
Principal,
Washington Elementary

760-1855 or pmccree@flintschools.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FLINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS CELEBRATE WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
Durant Tuuri Mott and Washington Elementary Students Walk to School on Oct. 3

(FLINT, Mich) – Durant-Tuuri-Mott and Washington elementary schools are joining an international movement to reduce childhood obesity rates, improvement neighborhoods and give students the tools they need to lead happy, healthy lives.

To build excitement for Safe Routes to School initiatives at the schools, students, staff, parents and community partners will walk to school together to school Wednesday, Oct. 3, which is also Student Count Day. Participants will gather at designated meeting locations 7:45 a.m. – 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Durant Tuuri Mott Elementary will meet at the former Third Avenue Baptist Church parking lot at the northeast corner of University Drive and Stevenson Street. Washington Elementary School will meet at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1653 Davison Road.

“Walk to School Day is a really great way to let the community know that students walk to school in these neighborhoods. About a quarter of the students at DTM are walking to school and nearly a third at Washington,” said Safe Routes to School Coordinator Theresa Roach. “It is so important for the neighborhood to know that and expect to see children crossing the streets. We hope this will encourage families to walk together and get to know their neighbors, their teachers, their community.”

Walk to School Day is not only an effective way to identify people who have a passion for safety and the health of young people, but is also a great way for students and parents to build strong relationships with their school community.  This event was established in the United States in 1997 by Partnership for a Walkable America, a national alliance of public and private organizations committed to making walking safe, easier, and more enjoyable.

For more information about Safe Routes to School in Michigan, visit www.saferoutesmichigan.org. For information on Walk to School Day, visit www.walktoschool.org.

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