October 9th marked the 3rd year that New Bedford Public Schools participated in International Bike and Walk to School Day (IWalk). This year’s featured school was Keith Middle School. Students from each grade were required to get outside and take a 1 mile walk around the school followed by line dancing in the gymnasium. Mayor Mitchell and the Principle of Keith Middle School, Mr. Sykes joined the walk and addressed the students about the importance of making healthy decisions as a young adult and the future consequences of those decisions. Also in attendance was School Committee Member Dr. Finnerty.
In addition to the events at Keith Middle School, many other New Bedford schools had their own successful IWalk events. These included:
Rodman Elementary School had nearly 40 friends and families walking to school. A great turn out for their first year participating!
Normandin Middle School had all 1,300 students walking around their track with music and showing school spirit. Check out their Blog post about the event and see pictures of their walk.
Brooks Elementary School, with the help of members the New Bedford Bicycle Committee, had two bike trains set up to get kids biking to school in the morning.
The Lincoln Elementary School had all of their 800 students and all faculty outside walking around their track. They made two laps around while chanting their school slogan “Team Lincoln.”
In addition to these schools, Winslow and Gomes Elementary Schools and Roosevelt Middle School also participated in IWalk 2013.
Keith Middle School’s Walking Event: