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Windsor Middle School celebrated National Walk to School Day

Mary-Kate Newton
mnewton@mywindsornow.com

Students at Windsor Middle School who chose to walk or bike to school Wednesday morning were greeted by an entourage, including Mayor Kristie Melendez.

In honor of National Walk to School Day, Windsor Parks and Recreation and the Town of Windsor came to the school to spread the word about both the benefits of walking or riding a bike and safety tips about walking or riding to school. A team from Parks and Recreation, the town and even a few board members and the mayor handed out 160 gallon-sized zip-lock bags for the students.

In each of them contained a granola bar, a Clementine orange, a Windsor trail and walking paths map and a hand-out on safe walking/riding practices. Tips include paying attention and not goofing off while walking near streets, and watching for cars at crosswalks, even if the traffic signal indicates it's time to cross.

Principal Eric Johnson joined the team in passing out the bags to students. Students stopped to thank the volunteers. A few beelined to Mayor Melendez for a moment to walk with her or shake her hand.

““Last year was the first year in five years that a student from this school wasn’t hit by a car going to or from school. I’d say that’s progress.” Eric Johnson WMS Principal

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Board member Ivan Adams had fun interacting with the students.

"Tell your teacher to give you an 'A' today!" he said to a few students. "Don't worry, I'll tell your principal you deserve it."

National Walk to School Day is maintained by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. James Johnson from Windsor Parks and Recreation said Wednesday morning was about more than goody bags.

"Last year was the first year in five years that a student from this school wasn't hit by a car going to or from school," he said. "I'd say that's progress."

Johnson said the event was meant to encourage conversation between the town, administration, students and parents about safe walking habits, and learning what Parks and Recreation can do to improve walking paths, such as lighting or adding crosswalks.

It also promoted getting fresh air and exercise to the students.

Ariana Fancey, 12, said she usually rides her bike or walks to school.

"I like being outside and getting exercise in the morning," Ariana said. "Even when it's cold like today."

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