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Safe Routes to School: Local ‘celebrities’ help students walk to school

Posted: 08/21/2021 / 3:23 PM EDTUpdated: 8/21/2021 / 3:36 PM EDT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO / WAWV) – Local celebrities including police officers, firefighters, Indiana state student athletes, and honorary students will be walking with Fuqua elementary students a mile away from the school starting Monday.

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This initiative, which runs from August 23 to September 17, encourages Fuqua students to walk to school every day and use active transport.

The Terre Haute Police Department will assist for the first week, followed by students from Indiana State Honors College and then the Terre Haute Fire Department. The final week will include the Indiana State softball team.

Students have been walking to school for years, but there has been a decline in the number of students in modern times. According to the organizers, this project aims to encourage students to do so again after the initiative has ended.

The way to school gives the children around 20 to 40 additional minutes of exercise and free time to relax before and after school.

West Vigo National Honors Society members will volunteer on Sunday to mark routes and prepare for the month-long initiative.

The project includes the use of hawk claw stencils and spray paint to mark the six routes. Members will be divided into groups to mark routes and place repurposed yard signs designed by the Fuqua Elementary School Council to promote this initiative.

In a recent challenge for Vigo County High Schools, Superintendent Rob Haworth requested that the three county high schools pool 50,000 hours of community service. Not only is this event helping Fuqua Elementary School students learn how to use active transportation safely, but it is also helping the West Vigo National Honors Society achieve their goal of being the first school to complete 5,000 hours.

The “Safe Routes to School” program was made possible by a scholarship awarded by riverSCAPE by the Indiana Department of Health.

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