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Date:
October 7, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Brian Baker, Lincoln-Lancaster Co. Health Dept., 441-8046


MAYOR TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL “WALK TO SCHOOL DAY”

Mayor Chris Beutler will join Police Chief Tom Casady, Lincoln Public Schools (LPS) Superintendent Susan Gourley, City Council members and other public officials Wednesday, October 8 to celebrate “International Walk To School Day.” The event is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at an all-school assembly at Everett Elementary, 1123 “C” St. The event promotes physical activity, safety, health and concern for the environment.

“About 20 children are injured in pedestrian accidents each year in Lincoln,” said Mayor Beutler. “We need everyone’s help to accomplish our goal of getting all children to and from school safely. We are asking children and adults to be responsible and respectful of others and to make safety a top priority.”

Walk to School Day is sponsored locally by the Safe Kids Lincoln-Lancaster County Coalition. More information on Safe Kids is available on the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov (safekids). Federal Express is a national sponsor for Walk to School Day.

As part of the event, Mayor Beutler will unveil the local PHOTOVOICE display, which gave students worldwide the opportunity to take photos and write about the safe and unsafe behaviors they see or encounter as they walk to school. Selected photos from Lincoln students will be on display at Everett through October 24. The Mayor also will issue a proclamation for Walk to School Day, and some guests will serve as honorary crossing guards following the assembly.

Recommended walking routes are available from school principals; the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: schools); and the LPS Web site at lps.org. Parents are encouraged to contact the principal if a plan has not been developed for their school. The City also works with LPS every year on the “Safe Walk and Safe Ride to School Night” in August, and the Police Department conducts a back-to-school enforcement project at the beginning of every school year.


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