Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-8401
Murphy Elementary/Middle School will hold its second Walk to School Day at 7 a.m. Thursday June 10.
Students and educators will meet at 22420 Fenkell, in the parking lot of Leland Missionary Baptist Church to begin their walk to the school. Parents and community members are invited to participate in this celebration of health and safety.
An assembly teaching how to safely walk to school, and the benefits of walking will be held at 8:30 a.m., following breakfast at the school.
“Walking to school addresses many quality of life issues for students,” said Marilyn Lieber, President and CEO of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. “When students walk or bicycle to school using safe routes, they receive the physical activity needed for good health. They also learn valuable pedestrian safety skills, lessons on the environment, and the importance of community.”
Walking to school was common just a generation ago. In 1969, approximately 50 percent of children walked or bicycled to school, and today fewer than 15 % of school children do.
In Michigan and other states, traffic jams and pollution around schools are commonplace, causing safety hazards for children at drop off and pick up times, as well as health concerns. With the ever-rising prices of gasoline there’s no better time to get out of the car, enjoy the fresh air, and walk with your children to school.
Safe Routes to School is an international movement that builds on the momentum of Walk to School Day. Many schools in Michigan begin a Safe Routes initiative as a follow-up to Walk to School Day.
Murphy Elementary/Middle School conducted their first Walk to School Day in October 2009.
The Michigan Safe Routes to School program is administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), with training and administrative support provided by the Michigan Fitness Foundation/Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.