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Walk to School Day – Dawson

by Melissa on October 12th, 2017

On Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 UMVRDC staff joined Mayor Randy Tensen, Dawson Sentinel Newspaper editor Dave Hickey and over 170 Dawson-Boyd students and teaching staff to celebrate Fall Walk to School Day. Local students walked and bicycled to school and children who rode the bus to school walked three laps around the school to get their exercise (and burn off extra energy before their morning classes). Bottled water and granola bars for fuel were donated by Tim’s Food Pride and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) provided stickers as a reward for the student participants.

Walk to School Day provides students and families the opportunity to reconnect with the simple joys of walking to school while reaping the benefits of increased physical activity, reduced traffic congestion, and arriving at school ready to learn. Minnesota Safe Routes to School is an effort to improve walking and bicycling conditions for our youth and encourage more active lifestyles. The Minnesota Department of Transportation along with many other partners across the state are working together to help schools and communities develop Safe Routes to School programs.

To learn more about Minnesota’s Safe Routes to School Program visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/saferoutes/index.html

The Dawson-Boyd School District worked with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) in 2013 to assist with creating a Safe Routes to School plan for Stevens Elementary to identify community needs and priorities, and recommend steps to remedy existing problems and accomplish community goals and objectives. The completed plan can be found on the UMVRDC website at umvrdc.org.

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