KINGSPORT — Don’t be surprised if you see Kingsport’s mayor, vice mayor, school officials and others walking to school with students next month.
During October, Kingsport City Schools will hold Walk to School Days at five elementary schools to encourage fitness and healthy lifestyle activities. The events will take place before school and include members of KCS staff and city administration including Mayor Dennis Phillips and Vice Mayor Tom Parham.
The events are as follows:
•Jackson Elementary: Tuesday. Meet at New Harvest Fellowship Church, 617 Donelson Drive, at 7:15 a.m. The Jackson physical education teacher will lead walkers in stretches and warm-up exercises before walking to school, where participating students will receive a prize pack.
•Lincoln Elementary: Wednesday. Meet in the Midland Center parking lot, 1324 Midland Drive, at 7 a.m. The Lincoln P.E. teacher will lead walkers in stretches and warm-up exercises. Walkers will proceed to Lincoln Elementary via Fort Henry Drive to Center Street. The Kingsport Police Department will provide extra patrols to ensure student safety. All participating students will receive a prize pack after arriving at school.
•Roosevelt Elementary: Thursday. Walkers will meet at 7:15 a.m. at three locations surrounding Roosevelt. Groups will walk from the office at Stone Crest Apartments (formerly Model City Apartments), in front of the laundromat on Fairview Avenue, and at a location on Lake Street that has yet to be determined. Once arriving at school, students will receive a prize pack of various items. Kingsport police will be in the area to provide extra safety and supervision.
•Jefferson Elementary: Friday, Oct. 12. Participants will meet in the Fuji House parking lot, 1805 N. Eastman Road, at 7:45 a.m. The Jefferson P.E. teacher will lead walkers in warm-up exercises before walking to school via Eastman Road and Center Street. Students will receive a prize pack once arriving at school. Extra Kingsport police officers will be present on Eastman Road to provide safety and supervision.
•Kennedy Elementary: Friday, Oct. 26. Walkers will meet at Lynn Garden Baptist Church, 301 May Ave., at 7:30 a.m. Tennessee Safe Routes to School coordinator Diana Benedict will be present to help lead warm-up exercises with the Kennedy administration and P.E. teacher. Kingsport police will be present for safety along Lynn Garden Drive. After arriving at school, students will receive a prize pack. All Kennedy students will also participate in a schoolwide walk at 10 a.m., completing a lap around the outside of the school. Phillips is scheduled to attend.
For more information about the Walk to School Days events, call Misty Keller with KCS Coordinated School Health Services at 378-2147.