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Rosemont Ridge Middle School students participated in National Walk and Bike To School Day May 15

COURTESY PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Rosemont Ridge students participate in National Walk and Bike to School Day May 15.Every day, hundreds of students across the West Linn-Wilsonville School District walk or ride their bike to school.

This past week, students at Wood and Rosemont Ridge Middle School celebrated the healthy and environmentally friendly practice by participating in National Walk and Bike To School Day.

Wood students celebrated the National initiative May 9, while Rosemont Ridge students participated May 15.

Partnering with the City of Wilsonville's SMART Transit and the City of West Linn, students were encouraged to participate by riding their bike or walking to school. Upon arrival, students received certificates of participation, pencils and other school supplies, and doughnuts to recognize the special day.

At Rosemont Ridge, students spent the remaining time before class hanging out in the special Bike and Walk to School "VIP Lounge," spending time with other bikers and walkers.

COURTESY PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - Students who participated in National Walk and Bike to School Day received doughnuts, certificates of participation and supplies. At Rosemont Ridge, staff counted 40 bikers and 110 students who walked to school May 15. Students hope to increase that number even further next year, making the practice a regular routine.

In addition to the Walk and Bike to School event, WL-WV City partners have been instrumental in forming Safe Routes to School for students across WL-WV. With careful planning of sidewalks and safe channels of travel, the district hopes to encourage even more students to use walking and biking as their form of transportation to and from school.

Additional WL-WV schools plan to participate in the national event next school year, continuing to promote the importance of healthy exercise and reducing environmental impact.

Thank you to our city partners for all of their help, and thank you to our WL-WV community for practicing safe driving habits, especially during school hours.COURTESY PHOTO: ANDREW KILSTROM - About 40 Rosemont Ridge students biked and 110 students walked to school May 15.

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