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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lyndale Community School Awarded National Center for Safe Routes to School Mini-grant

I am excited to announce that Lyndale Community School was one of 25 schools nationwide to be awarded a National Center for Safe Routes to School Mini-grant.

We are using the grant to establish well-organized, parent-led walking school buses. Starting on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, we will operate the walking buses every Tuesday and Thursday for five weeks. We strive to improve the safety of students already walking to school and to increase the number of students walking to Lyndale Community School.

Walking to school is good for the environment, reduces MPS transportation costs, and benefits student health. Research shows it also improves academic achievement and student attendance. The Safe Routes Grant will also have some less measurable, but equally important, benefits for Lyndale Community School--helping students and families develop relationships, building bridges across cultures, and promoting more active parent involvement. In addition kids walking to school creates a safe and vibrant neighborhood for all.

I'd like to thank Lyndale Principal Ossie Brooks-James, Jennifer Hedberg and Richard Dickerson. Last October they made International Walk to School Day happen at Lyndale School for the first time. I'd also like to thank Julie Danzl, MPS Health Improvement Coordinator, who encouraged Lyndale Community School to apply for the Safe Routes mini-grant and finally Pam Barth at the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

If you would like to join us on our walk to Lyndale please contact me. You can also support us by joining our morning celebrations as we welcome students to school. We are looking for volunteers to play music.

This spring keep your eyes out for us...we will be the gleeful group in the Lyndale I Walk to School t-shirts.

Scott Bordon
Lyndale Community School Parent
Kingfield Resident