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January 5, 2016

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Safe Routes to School Friends,

On the main floor of the Davis Center hangs the painting First Snow of the Year  by MPS teacher Elissa Cedarleaf Dahl.  In it  a young couple leans together on a bench, snuggled in winter koselig as the sky glimmers with the daytime sunset colors born from the low winter sun. Three children toss fistfuls of snow into the air. The look on their faces—pure joy.  

This art and this finding of joy in winter inspires Winter Walk Day this year. And this finding joy in winter is a real thing, with real consequences for those who practice it.  Indeed recent research found that “people who had a positive wintertime mindset tended to be the same people who were highly satisfied with their lives and who pursued personal growth.” Read more.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, Minneapolis Public Schools will join families across Canada, Vermont, and beyond in the second annual celebration of Winter Walk Day. Schools can celebrate on this day or any day that works for the school community. When you register with MPS, you will receive a prize pack with everything you need for a successful event—including  flyers for the event, I WALKED stickers, and prizes for drawings (see). Sign up now and celebrate winter, honor winter walkers, and encourage more to join us.

Winter Walk Day register here.

 

MPS Safe Routes to School Email List

MPS Safe Routes to School (MPS SRTS) is part of Safe & Healthy Students and is located in Operational & Security Services (OSS). It is funded through grants from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Safe Routes to School and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

MPS SRTS sends occasional emails like this one to walk/bike friends, enthusiasts, and champions across Minneapolis Public Schools with bike/walk/wellness information, opportunities, and events. Please email Jennifer.bordon@mpls.k12.mn.us to be added to or removed from this list. Please share as you see fit.