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Students from Perham’s public and parochial schools walked about eight blocks to school on Oct. 9. Kids who were bussed into town were dropped off near Perham Health so they could walk the rest of the way to class.
Photos by Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS
Students from Perham’s public and parochial schools walked about eight blocks to school on Oct. 9. Kids who were bussed into town were dropped off near Perham Health so they could walk the rest of the way to class. Photos by Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS

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Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

Students of Perham’s public and parochial schools took part in International Walk to School Day last Wednesday, walking about eight blocks to their schools that morning.

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Kids and adult volunteers met at a drop-off point near Perham Health, then walked together the rest of the way.

Perham Health donated apples for the students who took part in Walk to School Day.

Perham’s Walk to School Day started four years ago, with the help of Karen Nitzkorski at Partnership for Health.

“Our purpose is to get people more active,” said Nitzkorski.

She added that this annual event is a great way to show families it can be safe to walk to school, and it’s a way to get community leaders involved.

This year, kids followed a new walking path along the recently completed Wildflower Trail and Cal Miller Bike Route.

Jim Kenedy, a physical education teacher at Heart of the Lakes Elementary School, and Trish McClellan, a special education paraprofessional at the high school, helped organize and coordinate with Nitzkorski to make the event a success.

Forty other parents and adults also volunteered their morning to supervise and walk with students along the route.

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