Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 8, 2013

Ashland, Raceland will observe Walk to School Day

ASHLAND — Ashland Independent and Raceland-Worthington Schools will join schools around the world on Wednesday in observing International Walk to School Day.

 More than 3,400 students from both districts will form walking “school buses” on their way to school, with the help of local officials, community volunteers and law enforcement.

In Ashland, Mayor Chuck Charles will lead students to Charles Russell Elementary.

City Commissioners Cheryl Spriggs and Marty Gute will lead children to Hager Elementary and Oakview Elementary schools.

Jane Blankenship, Mona Thompson and Jaimie Martinez of King’s Daughters Medical Center, will lead students to Poage Elementary and Hager Elementary.

Ashland school Superintendent Steve Gilmore and YMCA CEO Marla Gearhart will walk with students as they make their way to Hager.

Ashland Fire Chief Michael Baer will lead middle school students to Verity.

Raceland Police Chief Don Sammons and Worthington Mayor Tim Stapleton will lead children to Worthington and Campbell elementary schools.

 Volunteers from Ashland and Raceland Schools, the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department, the Medical Reserve Corps, the Kentucky Heart Foundation, King’s Daughters Medical Center, the Ashland Fire Department and Ashland and Raceland police departments also will assist in the Walk to School Day.

 The city of Ashland and Ashland Independent Schools received $232,000 from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in 2012 to implement a Safe Routes to School project. As part of the grant, the city and school system committed to hosting a Walk to School Day to increase awareness of walking and to promote pedestrian safety.

 The city is finalizing plans for sidewalks to be placed on Ferguson Drive, Division Street, Grandview Drive and Gartin Avenue, which will connect students to Oakview Elementary and Charles Russell Elementary. The sidewalks will not only benefit the students walking to school but also the surrounding community residents.

Walk to School Day is being organized by the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Coalition of Boyd and Greenup counties, which includes more than 70 individuals from 27 organizations. Financial support has been provided by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors through the Action Communities for Health, Innovation and Environmental Change initiative.  For additional local information, please contact Laura Patrick at (606) 408-1721 or laura.patrick@khf.kdhs.us.

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