City Partners with ACBOE to Promote Walk to School Day

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CONTACT: Teresa Lee, or 334.595.0102

October 5, 2015

 

City of Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. and Autauga County Board of Education Superintendent Spence Agee have issued a joint proclamation officially proclaiming Wednesday, October 7th to be International Walk to School Day in the City of Prattville.

Two elementary schools in Prattville will be observing the occasion by encouraging parents to come and walk with their children in a variety of ways, such as walking to school, meeting-up and walking to school from an alternate site, or walking during their regular Physical Education class to promote walking and healthy, active living.

Prattville Primary and Daniel Pratt Elementary are participating in this important event.

“Walk to School Day is an exciting experience for students and parents alike,” said Superintendent Spence Agee. “This opportunity brings about health and pedestrian safety awareness. What a great event to share with your child!”

“Walk to School Day provides us an opportunity to partner with Autauga County Schools in a positive way,” stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. “With a focus on health, as well as family time, this event is a win-win. I hope students and their parents will consider joining us before school on October 7th in support of their school and childhood obesity prevention.”

The City of Prattville partners with the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development commission (CARPDC) and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) each year, in conjunction with the River Region Obesity Task Force, to help plan and promote International Walk to School Day in the region. Thanks to a Safe Routes to School grant from ALDOT, elementary schools that hold a walk to school event this year will receive a stipend of $230. Additionally, 42 elementary schools from the region will be competing for first to third place cash prizes in two categories: highest percentage of parents participating and highest percentage of students participating. Parents and students are encouraged to walk so that you can help your school win as much as $500.

For more information on International Walk to School Day and Safe Routes to School, please visit www.carpdc.com.

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