In an attempt to promote Child Health Week this year, Dyersburg Intermediate School is planning to participate in "International Walk to School Day". The guidance counselor at DIS, Bart Williams, has named the event "Students Without Motors".
"Since DIS is a true 'neighborhood school', we are encouraging our students to give up a bus and forgo a car ride as they take part in a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative to motorized transportation," said Williams.
Each year in Tennessee, the federally funded Safe Routes to School program encourages a designated "Walk to School Day".
Last year, 71 out of Tennessee's 95 counties signed up. The primary purpose of the Safe Routes to School program is to encourage elementary and middle school students to safely walk and bicycle to school by sponsoring infrastructure improvements, educational initiatives, and promotional activities.
Several community partners are in progress of selecting five or six drop-off sites within a one-mile radius of the school.
Students who are dropped off between 7:15 a.m. and 7:25 a.m. at these selected sites will be escorted to school by DIS staff, community volunteers, and community leaders.
If you would like to volunteer to help on Wednesday, Oct. 3, please contact Nancy West, Coordinated School Health, at 286-3600.