The Normandin Middle School students took a morning break to walk around their campus as part of the International Walk and Bike to School Day on October 3, 2012. The walk kicked off shortly after 8:15 a.m., just after Mayor Jon Mitchell and Principal Burkhead made their opening remarks. The walk included 1300 students, teachers, City officials and community leaders. In addition to Normandin, Roosevelt Middle School, Parker Elementary School, Winslow Elementary School and others joined children around the world in celebrating this annual event.
Principals across the district received information (distributed by Mass in Motion New Bedford and MassDOT/Safe Routes to School) on the event and were encouraged to promote it among their students, teachers and families. Walk and Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.