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International Walk To School Day – Volunteers Needed!

Revolutions is looking for volunteers to help with a pedestrian safety event on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 from 11:30am-2:00pm. If you are available to help out, please email Kyle at and provide your contact information including phone number.

Next Wednesday, October 5 is International Walk to School Day. On this day children, teachers, parents, and school administrations from all over the world will recognize the growing importance of incorporating physical activity into the daily lives of children. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is to encourage more children to walk or bicycle to school each day rather than riding a bus of being dropped off. In 1964 50% of kids in the US rode to school and the obesity rate was 12% – In 2004, 3% rode to school and the obesity rate was 45%.

The City of Memphis, in partnership with the University of Memphis and Revolutions, is using a Federal program called Safe Routes to Schools to encourage more walking and bicycling to school. The program provides funds to improve infrastructure near the school, provide safety education for children and parents, and work closely with law enforcement officials to provide safe environments for children to walk and bicycle.

Frayser Elementary School was the first recipient of this program and will be celebrating Walk to School Day next week. Revolutions will help to host a pedestrian safety workshop for 5th and 6th grade students next Tuesday, October 4, 2011. We are need of volunteers that are available from 11:30am-2:00pm to help facilitate activities designed to teach pedestrian safety. No experience is needed – we’ll be setting up a number of “field day” stations where children will role play different scenarios they might encounter on the street and ask them to demonstrate safe behaviors.

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