Perham, MN – Perham-Dent Public Schools and St Henry’s and St. Paul’s Private Schools will be joining schools around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday October 5, 2016. This is the seventh year the area schools have participated in the event.
Approximately 1000 students will walk to school October 5th accompanied by parents, teachers, community leaders and local and state dignitaries. Buses will drop students off at the corner of Coney Street and 9 th St W where they will be met by teachers and community leaders to walk the 6-7 blocks to school. Parents who drive their children to school are also encouraged to drop them off in the same location by 8:00 am so they can participate in the walk to school. Parents are encouraged to join in. (Note: Buses will deliver students who remain on the bus to school and parents can drop their children off at school if they decide not to participate in the walk to school event).
The route will start on the Wildflower Trail, hook up with the new sidewalks provided by a Safe Routes to School grant and eventually connect with the Cal Miller Bike Route, a bike path that was improved with signage in 2011 by PartnerSHIP 4 Health. The City of Perham secured the Safe Routes to School grant to improve the safety of the intersections in the Heart of the Lakes Elementary school area.
Apples will be provided to all students by a generous sponsor, Perham Health. Sanford Safe Kids is also sponsoring the event.
This year’s event is organized by Perham Dent School District with help by PartnerSHIP4Health seeking to create sustainable, systemic changes in schools, worksites, communities and health care organizations that make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives.
To volunteer to walk students to school or for more information, please contact Jim Kennedy at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, contact Jim Kennedy at 218-346- KIDS (5437) or email@example.com.