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Take the Walking School Bus on October 21

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In an effort to encourage students to walk and bike to school, the Safe Routes to School Committee hosts several Walking School Bus events each year. On Wednesday, October 21, agents from the U.S. Border Patrol will be taking part, escorting the walking students and community members. 
Photo courtesy of Safe Routes to School Committee In an effort to encourage students to walk and bike to school, the Safe Routes to School Committee hosts several Walking School Bus events each year. On Wednesday, October 21, agents from the U.S. Border Patrol will be taking part, escorting the walking students and community members. Photo courtesy of Safe Routes to School Committee The Safe Routes to School Committee works year-round to make it safer and easier for children to walk and bike to and from school. Studies have found that physical activity, such as walking or biking to school, allows students to concentrate better during the school day. And while many students in our county do not live in Grand Marais, many walk or bike to an afterschool destination in Grand Marais.

At the start of the school year, “Slow Down” lawn signs, an additional speed feedback sign, school zone speed enforcement, and a new school entry design at ISD 166 were all at work reminding our community that school has started and drive carefully to keep students safe. This coming Wednesday, October 21, there will be the second Walk to School Day, with three routes of “Walking School Buses” in Grand Marais.

Walking School Buses are groups of students and adult volunteers walking to school together. Participants in the October event will be accompanied by local agents from U.S. Border Patrol. “The Agents from the U.S. Border Patrol Station in Grand Marais are committed to the safety and security of the children in this community. We are proud to be a partner with the Cook County Safe Routes to School Program.

“The roadways to and from school should always be a ‘safe route’ for children and we hope by taking part in this event it will remind drivers to slow down and be aware of children biking and/or walking to school,” said Matthew Curran, Patrol Agent in Charge, U.S. Border Patrol.

Each Walking School Bus stops at ISD 166 and GES on time for school to begin. If your student normally gets a ride to school, come in a little early and walk or bike with the Walking School Bus from one of the starting locations: the Cook County Courthouse (7:30 a.m. departure), Birchwood Apartments (7:40 a.m. departure), or County Road 7 and 7th Ave. East (7:40 a.m. departure). Students are welcome to join along the route or meet at one of these locations.

For more information about Safe Routes to School, to volunteer, or for a “Slow Down” lawn sign, contact SRTS Coordinator, Maren Webb, at 218-387-2330 or maren@sawtoothmountainclinic.org.


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