Hazelwood to celebrate International Walk to School Day

October 5, 2011

By Staff

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NEW — 3:50 p.m., Oct. 5, 2011

Hazelwood Elementary School in Newcastle will join schools from around the world this week to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

Students from Hazelwood Elementary will walk and bike to school Oct. 7 along with parents, teachers and community leaders.

The event will begin at approximately 9:15 a.m. with kids and parents walking from different locations in their neighborhood. Walkers and bikers, who include fourth- and fifth-graders — will arrive at the school at 9:45 a.m.

Children who ride the bus will be able to walk around the field when they arrive at school.

Other activities associated with the walk include Hazelwood’s annual Fun Run sponsored by Hazelwood PTSA from 10:15–11:15 a.m.  Hazen Cheerleaders, community leaders and school staff will greet students participating in the event.

Each walker or biker will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of six bicycles and helmets.

International Walk to School Day will be celebrated at more than 3,500 events at participating schools throughout the United States and in 40 countries around the world.

Walk to School Day promotes the idea of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity and the need for safe places to walk and bike.

Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.

Hazelwood’s staff and PTSA will organize the Newcastle event with additional support from King County Public Health and the CDC’s Healthy Eating/Active Living grant, Feet First and Safe Routes to School.

Learn more by calling Pam Lafollette at 204.4560 or physical education teacher Kim Magnuson at 204.4583.

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