“Come on, hurry up! Hurry up!” Malcolm Welter called, running hand-in-hand with a classmate to Hiawatha Community School.
Malcolm, 4, was an eager participant in the school’s celebration of International Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday. His mom reminded him it’s not a race, but he still jogged for most of the five blocks between the Howe campus and Hiawatha campus.
Malcolm was one of more than 8,000 Minneapolis Public Schools students, family members and staff from more than 30 schools that participated in the annual event that promotes the benefits of walking and biking to school.
Jenny Bordon, a safe routes to school specialist with the district, helps map visually and culturally interesting paths for students to follow.
“Minneapolis is such a beautiful city for walking,” Bordon said, “so we assign beautiful routes everywhere.”
The event was the first of three designated walk and bike to school days that the district has organized for the school year.