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Mayor proclaims Oct. 6 as Walk to School Day

Mayor Alan McGraw proclaimed Oct. 6 as Walk to School Day in Round Rock at the Sept. 23 City Council meeting.

In an effort to promote physical activity and safe routes to school, the City of Round Rock and Round Rock Independent School District have teamed up to encourage students to walk or bike to school on Oct. 6, 2010. Parents are welcome to escort their children. Children are encouraged to come in groups with friends and family from their neighborhood area.

Mayor Alan McGraw and Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees President Glen Colby will greet students and parents at Old Town Elementary, 2200 Chaparral Drive.

“The weather has been beautiful and I hope to see hundreds of kids heading up to campus,” Mayor McGraw said. “Walk to School Day reminds all of us – school officials, the city, parents and community leaders – how important it is for our children to keep moving and develop active routines, and for us to provide safe paths for our children to get to school.”

Colby added, “Walk to School Day is also an opportunity for us to thank our crossing guards for helping to provide our students with a safe passage to and from school.”

Voigt Elementary students will be greeted by Mayor Pro-Tem Carlos Salinas, Councilmember Kris Whitfield and Round Rock ISD Superintendent Dr. Jesús H. Chávez. Voigt is located at 1201 Cushing Dr. In addition, Councilmember George White and Round Rock ISD Deputy Superintendent Toni Garcia will be visiting Deep Wood Elementary, 705 St. Williams Drive, for the start of school.

“It is always beneficial for our students to have regular exercise, and biking or walking to school provides an excellent form of exercise,” Chávez said. “We appreciate this partnership with the city to welcome students to their campus and promote this healthy lifestyle.”

Elementary-school-aged children should accumulate at least 30 to 60 minutes of ageappropriate and developmentally appropriate physical activity from a variety of activities on all, or most, days of the week, according to www.walktoschool.org.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010

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