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Ellsworth Walk to School Day Planned for October 4

Ellsworth – On October 4, 2017, the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School Parent, Teacher, and Friends (PTF) community will be organizing a Walk to School event for students at the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School. This event will occur rain or shine, as part of the International Walk and Bike to School Day and National Walk to School Day.

“National Walk to School Day and International Walk and Bike to School Day is a great way to use a fun event to draw attention to the importance of getting enough physical activity,” said Healthy Acadia Community Health Coordinator Julie Daigle. said. “Physical activity improves not only students’ physical health, but also improves their academic performance, and one of the best ways to get additional exercise is to incorporate it into the activities of daily life, like getting to school.”

This event will support up to 700 students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade walking to school on that day; buses will drop off students at 7:15 am at the corner of Franklin Street and Main Street, where they will cross the street onto School Street, and then making a right onto State Street, followed by a left onto Forest Street. Please be aware of the additional pedestrian traffic.

Volunteer parents and teachers, as well as the Ellsworth Police Department, will be on hand to walk with the students, and the Ellsworth Police Department will be monitoring traffic and crossings. The PTF is encouraging any parents who are interested in walking with their children to do so. For more information about this, contact either the K-4 principal, Timothy McCluskey, or the Elementary Middle School principal, James Newett, at 664-7100.

The PTF would like to thank all the volunteers, the police department, Mr. Newett, and Mr. McCluskey for their support for the program, as well as Ellsworth School District Food Service Director Ray Daily for the provision of bag breakfasts for all of the students participating in the event.

This event is a registered Maine Safe Routes to School event. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, in partnership with the Maine Department of Transportation, manages the Maine Safe Routes to School program for students in grades K through 8, and has helped hundreds of schools throughout the state with Walk and Bike to School activities and projects since 2005.

Healthy Acadia encourages all students to get one hour or more of exercise per day, and for adults to role model this with at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. For more information about school-based healthy nutrition and physical activity opportunities supported by 5210 Let’s Go, an obesity prevention program offered in partnership with the Barbara Bush Children’s Memorial Hospital in Portland, Maine, contact Julie Daigle at 667-7171/ Julie@healthyacadia.org in Hancock County or Georgie Kendall at 255-3741/ Georgie@healthyacadia.org in Washington County. Additional information about the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Maine Safe Routes to School program can be found online at www.bikemaine.org/education-safety/youth-education.

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