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Secretary Duncan to "Walk to School" Tuesday with D.C. Mayor Fenty, Chancellor Rhee, Administrator Mendez

Welcome Back to School Event to Stress Safe, Healthy Lifestyles

Contact:  
Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: August 24, 2010 08:30 am - August 24, 2010 08:40 am

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty, Washington, D.C., Chancellor of Schools Michelle Rhee and U.S. Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez will join 100-150 students and parents in "walking to school" Tuesday along a two-block route from Lincoln Park to Maury Elementary in the nation's capital.

The "Walking School Bus" event is intended to promote the importance of safe, healthy lifestyles, as well as welcoming students back to school. Maury Elementary's initiative is part of its local Safe Routes to School Program, a federal effort administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation to encourage more students to walk and bicycle to school. The event will also highlight AAA's School Safety Patrol program which has been helping get students safely to and from America's schools for 90 years.

Duncan, Fenty and Rhee will begin walking to school, surrounded by students, at 8:30 a.m. Once there, they will hold a press conference at the Maury Elementary playground at 8:45 a.m. Following greetings by Maury Principal Carolyne Albert-Garvey, the mayor, chancellor, administrator and secretary will welcome students back to classes and discuss the value of fitness in maintaining safe and healthy lives.

Tuesday's event follows First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative aimed at confronting the problem of childhood obesity through fitness and adequate nutrition.


Event 1
Who : U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty
Washington, D.C., Chancellor of Schools Michelle Rhee
U.S. Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez
100-150 Maury Elementary students and parents walking to school
What : Welcome Back to School event to stress the value of safe and healthy lifestyles featuring Duncan, Mendez, Fenty and Rhee "walking to school" along a two-block route from Lincoln Park to Maury Elementary in D.C.
When : Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010
8:30-8:40 a.m.—Walk from Lincoln Park to Maury Elementary
8:45 a.m.—Press conference at Maury Elementary playground
Where : Lincoln Park, 12th & East Capitol streets N.E., Washington, D.C.
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