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DIS to observe Walk to School Day Oct. 3

Thursday, September 20, 2012

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Community partners discuss Dyersburg Intermediate School's upcoming observance of 'International Walk to School Day' on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The promotion, an annual initiative of the Safe Routes to School program, has been dubbed 'Students Without Motors.' Residents and community leaders are asked to volunteer to escort DIS students interested in participating in the program from drop-off sites within a one-mile radius of the school. From left, clockwise, YMCA of Dyer County CEO Randy Butler, DIS Guidance Counselor Bart Williams, Dyersburg City Schools Coordinated School Health Coordinator Nancy West and Dyer County TenderCare Outreach worker Debra Liggons. Those interested in volunteering may contact West at 286-3600.
Wednesday, Oct. 3 is International Walk to School Day.

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.



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