The kids at Old Mission Peninsula School (OMPS) participated in “National Walk to School Day” this morning. Backed by Traverse City’s Norte, the initiative is a community-wide, multi-school celebration of getting outside and walking to school.
OMPS kids of all ages gathered at Peninsula Community Library on the corner of Center Road and Island View Road, and walked through the field to the school. The Peninsula Township Fire Department was also on hand to make sure that all went well (and it did!).
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While walking to school every day isn’t possible for most kids at OMPS, the annual “Walk to School” event is a good reminder that getting outside daily is a great way to improve academic performance, provide daily exercise, and create a good life experience.
Last year, more than 1100 students from across northern Michigan participated in the event, with Northport Public School walking away with the “Most Walk-Tastic” award (the school with the most participants). Norte will announce this year’s winner tomorrow.
UPDATE, Oct. 8, 2020: The 2020 winner of the “Most Walk-Tastic” school – a.k.a. The Golden Shoe Award – goes to none other than our very own OMPS! From Norte’s press release:
“The Panthers are this year’s most walk-tastic. They turned ‘Walk to School Day’ into a school hike from the Peninsula Library. They were greeted by Peninsula Township Fire Department before tromping the half-mile to school. We stand with you on your vision to make the connection between the library and school an official path accessible for all – let’s do it. Great adventure. Great effort. Kudos to the Panthers.