Video and photos by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News
Thurston Elementary Students laced up their sneakers and hopped on their bikes and scooters for National Walk to School Day today.
“We are so pleased that every year the Safe Routes to School program grows throughout the AAPS district starting with the October walk and bike to school day,” said Liz Margolis, the district’s executive director of student and school safety. “When routes are safe, walking or biking to and from school is an easy way for students to get the regular physical activity they need for good health. In the Ann Arbor Public Schools, this initiative also helps ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods and contribute to students’ readiness to learn in school.”
Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor as well as athletes from Concordia College greeted the students, who then met for their weekly Heron Huddle gathering.
Thurston Assistant Principal Rose Marie Callahan said there was 100 percent student participation in National Walk to School Day, and that she and Principal Natasha York are proud of the students’ energy and enthusiasm.
“The Thurston community came out in full force,” she said. “Parents and PTO members were present to support the event. Student athletes came from Concordia College to cheer students on as the walked the beautiful paths leading to our building. Officer Doug Martell patrolled school grounds, keeping a watchful eye on students from his bike. He also spoke to students about wearing helmets and encouraged them to have safe habits everyday of the year.”She said Mayor Taylor thanked everyone for practicing healthy habits and encouraged everyone to get out and walk and bike throughout the year to contribute to building a more green and healthy community.
Four other AAPS schools celebrated Walk to School this week, including Wines, Dicken, Clague and A2 STEAM. Wines will hold Walk to School Day every Friday in October.