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October 6, 2015

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Safe Routes to School Friends,

Tomorrow, Oct 7, is International Walk to School Day, and we are part of something BIG. Thirty-seven MPS schools representing more than 8,000 walkers and bikers are participating in walk and bike events in celebration of International Walk to School Day. We are joining families around the world to celebrate the joys and reap the benefits of walking to school. In addition, the MPS Bicycle Fleet has been at schools since August as teachers implement Walk! Bike! Fun! and students gain ownership and connection to their city by experiencing it from the streets. Want to be inspired? Watch these stories on KARE 11  and FOX 9  about Lisa Herr’s class at Seward using the bike fleet to implement Walk! Bike! Fun! and then travel all over Minneapolis (River? Yes! Lakes? Yes! Gold Medal Park? Yes!)

Thank YOU thank YOU for all your efforts. Wishing you all fantastic walk/bike to school days tomorrow or whatever days you have chosen! (& please send me highlights for the next SRTS email.) And as always, let us know what is happening in your school community. Whatever your walk-bike dreams, MPS SRTS is here to assist.

Press release  | International Walk to School Day | National Center for Safe Routes to School 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Oct. 5, 2015) — On Wednesday, Oct. 7, thousands of students, parents, community leaders, and state and local officials across the United States will walk and bicycle to school in celebration of Walk to School Day. “The popularity of Walk to School Day continues to grow [each year]. In the past decade, the number of events has doubled. Communities have held more than 34,000 events nationwide,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx in video message encouraging students and parents to get involved in Walk to School Day….As of Monday, more than 3,900 events have registered celebration at www.walkbiketoschool.org, and that number is expected to increase throughout the month of October. “Walk to School Day events provide students and families the opportunity to reconnect with the simple joy of walking to school,” said Lauren Marchetti, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which serves as the coordinating agency for the event. “Events also bring attention to the importance of physical activity and safe transportation environments for walking and bicycling in communities nationwide.”

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View message of encouragement from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (youtube override needed to view in MPS)

 

$2,500 Collaborative Micro Grants  | Call to Action: Every Body Walk!  | America Walks | due October 15, 2015

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are pleased to announce a new micro grant program designed to assist local walking advocates build on the momentum of the newly released Surgeon General’s Call to Action. This one time award will fund 10-15 community groups up to $2500.00 for activities designed to increase local walking programming and stimulate community demand for infrastructure improvements that provide accessible, safe walkable places for the entire community. Grant applications are due by 4:00pm on October 15, 2015.   

Learn more and application

 

Input wanted  | MPS 3 year district calendar | Survey open until October 22

Minneapolis Public Schools is committed to ensuring every student is college and career ready. The district calendar is designed to support the goals of the district’s Acceleration 2020 strategic plan to accelerate student learning.

We are developing a district calendar for the next three years (SY2016-17, SY2017-18, SY2018-19) that balances the needs of families, schools and community members while meeting the educational requirements of our students. Community input about the calendar will shape the final proposal to the Board of Education in November.

We invite you to look at the informational calendar resources on this page and provide your feedback about what the calendar should look like for the next three years. Learn more and survey link.

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.