By GALEN HOLLEY
The Grenada Police Department is encouraging children and their families to walk to school next week in order to promote wellness and pedestrian safety.
Oct. 9 is National Walk to School Day, and the GPD wants anyone who can to share in the fun.
The department will provide escorts for students to walk from their starting point, at Walls Discount Center, on the corner of Highway 8 and Jasper Neely Drive, to Grenada Middle School and to Kirk Academy.
Students from grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 from Kirk will participate.
The event will kick off at 6:45 in the Walls parking lot with a proclamation by Mayor Billy Collins and a prayer.
According to event coordinator, Det. Ophelia Topps, the walk should be about 1.3 miles for middle school students and two miles for those walking to Kirk Academy.
The city will provide rides back to their cars for family members who walk with their children. The GPD will award a Golden Sneaker Trophy to the school has the most participation.
“We want to identify safety zones as well as potential hazards,” said Topps. “We’ll be checking to see if we have adequate sidewalks along the route, and if anything needs to be repaired. We also want to encourage wellness and to prompt children to get as much physical activity as possible.”
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