Sunday, October 2, 2016

Join us in walking, biking or scooting to school on Wednesday, October 5, for "Walk to School Day."

There were 97 students who walked, biked or scooted to school on Friday, September 30.  31 students rode the bus.  184 students got a ride.  This event can help us continue to raise awareness for family fitness and safe routes to school! 

Olmsted County Elementary schools will celebrate
International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Twenty Olmsted County schools will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Students will be walking and biking to school along with parents, teachers, Mayor Brede, the RCTC football players, Ice Hawks Hockey team, Mayo Athletes who are Folwell Alum, TV and media personalities, Miss Minnesota, Slider from the Honkers, and more! 
The event will take place from 8:30 to 9:15 with kids and parents walking and biking from home to school.  Even students who typically ride the bus and are not able to walk to school will be able to be active before school as there will be fun playground activities, walking routes and some schools will have athletes on hand to play sports before school. 

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of physical activity, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.  The public is asked to be aware of school zones, slow down for walkers and bikers near schools and refrain from distracted driving.
The event is being organized by Olmsted County Statewide Health Improvement Program.
Folwell Elementary - where changes have been made to create a pedestrian zone in front of the school and city council supported traffic flow and parking changes to facilitate safer walking and biking to school!
Folwell Elementary, 603 15th Avenue SW, Rochester MN 55902

For additional information, please visit these websites:
Walk to School Day in the USA                                                                
National Center for Safe Routes to School                  
International Walk to School Day                                         

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