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October 21, 2015


“We will be more ready to learn today because we are walking to school,” ~One student to another, overheard on the Unity Walk this morning.

Safe Routes to School Friends,

Kudos to the 37+ schools that participated in walk and bike to school day this month. Marcy held their event TODAY in coordination with Unity Day and I WALKED stickers turned orange. More than 600 students, many already clad in Unity-Day orange, walked a half mile to school this glorious fall morning. The eleven busloads of walking children were joined by Marcy staff, parents, and other students for the Unity Walk. Children skipped, older brothers held hands with younger brothers, autumn leaves waved in the gentle breeze, and a good time was had by all. Marcy is the ninth school to implement a Bus Stop & Walk. Kudos to Pratt, Northrop, Seward, Bancroft, Loring, Lyndale, Keewaydin and Wenonah for holding regular Bus Stop & Walks this fall! Hard to find a better way to start the day.

Other Walk and Bike to School Day highlights

  • Jefferson’s parent-led walking bus had more than fifty walkers! This walking bus runs weekly!
  • Lucy Laney principals and staff walked out into the neighborhood to pick up children and walk to school together!
  • At Pillsbury Mr. Lundquist’s class earned the GOLDEN SHOE, Ms. O’Neil’s class earned the GOLDEN BICYLE, and Anthony was deemed the best recruiter!
  • South High Green Tigers’ awesome event was featured in The Southerner: Read it here.
  • Whittier had a gorgeous sunny morning filled with positive bike/walk energy, support from the Wedge Co-op, stellar fifth grade volunteers, and a steady stream of walkers and bikers. 
  • Seward met its goal of triple digit BICYCLES on the racks!!!
  • Hiawatha (see picture) and Howe saw many more children walking and biking than even live in the walk zone, about 150 kids in the two buildings!

FB4K Bike Drives  | Burroughs, Whittier, Seward, & Howe | Saturday, October 24 | 10am-1pm

Kudos also to parent groups at Burroughs, Whittier, Seward and Howe for organizing bicycle drives for Free Bikes 4 Kidz, a local non-profit whose mission is to help all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing refurbished bikes to those most in need. Please consider donating a bike this year during FB4K drive on Saturday, October 24, at any of the above locations. Please also help spread the word with your school communities. The donation sites will accept gently used tricycles, kids bikes, and adult-sized bikes.  You will receive a tax receipt for your contribution, and will bring great joy to a child! See the attached flyer for more information.

Input Wanted  | Statewide Pedestrian Plan | MnDOT & MDH | Surveys open until Oct 25 & Nov 29

As part of Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) work to achieve the Minnesota GO Vision, MnDOT has teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Health to develop a Statewide Pedestrian System Plan. Happy streets mean healthy communities: they’re good for health, for business and for the environment.

Whether you walk to work, to the corner store, or just for fun, we want to know what makes walking enjoyable or challenging for you. Where would you like to walk? How far do you walk? What would make walking easier for you?

Please take the pedestrian surveys on what makes your community walkable (Deadline: Midnight Sunday, October 25th) and features to improve your walking experience (Deadline: Midnight Sunday, November 29th).


Funding Opportunity  | Fuel Up to Play | Up to $4,000 | Due Nov 4

Fuel Up to Play is offering grants of up to $4,000 per school for healthy eating and physical activity initiatives. Eligible schools must apply by November 4.  Also note that they have just launched a website to support school wellness in Spanish! 

More information and application found here.

(If applying, also register your grant with MPS here: )


Input wanted  | MPS 3 year district calendar | Survey open until October 22

Minneapolis Public Schools is committed to ensuring every student is college and career ready. The district calendar is designed to support the goals of the district’s Acceleration 2020 strategic plan to accelerate student learning.

We are developing a district calendar for the next three years (SY2016-17, SY2017-18, SY2018-19) that balances the needs of families, schools and community members while meeting the educational requirements of our students. Community input about the calendar will shape the final proposal to the Board of Education in November.

We invite you to look at the informational calendar resources on this page and provide your feedback about what the calendar should look like for the next three years. Learn more and survey link.


MPS Safe Routes to School Email List

MPS Safe Routes to School (MPS SRTS) is part of Safe & Healthy Students and is located in Operational & Security Services (OSS). It is funded through grants from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Safe Routes to School and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.


MPS SRTS sends occasional emails like this one to walk/bike friends, enthusiasts, and champions across Minneapolis Public Schools with bike/walk/wellness information, opportunities, and events. Please email to be added to or removed from this list. Please share as you see fit.