Lincoln Park Students Walk to Promote Overall Health

Walk to School Wednesday Helps Students, Staff and Community Leaders Build a Stronger Community

DULUTH, Minn. – It was a beautiful Wednesday morning for a group of Duluth Lincoln Park Middle School students to hit the sidewalk and make their way to class as a group.

It’s all part of a local campaign known as Walk to School Wednesdays.

Organizers started the weekly routine at the beginning of May and say they’re seeing growth in the number of students choosing to participate.

Family, staff and community partners such as Superintendent Bill Gronseth are also taking part.

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson was scheduled to attend Wednesday’s walk, but was forced to cancel due to Special Session obligations in St. Paul.

Community School Coordinator Rachel Thapa believes walking to school helps build a stronger community.

“Research has shown walking is linked to better physical health outcomes, also mental focus, attention and overall feeling better,” said Thapa.

Students have a few more weeks to participate in Walk to School Wednesdays.

Organizers are also looking forward to a larger walk to school celebration this fall.

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