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City, district partner on walking safe to school

The City of North Little Rock is partnering with the North Little Rock School District to conduct “Finding Safe Routes to School” walks around four elementary schools in April and May – Lakewood, Amboy, Boone Park, and Meadow Park. By actively walking the area around each school, these events will gather public input on improving connections between neighborhoods and school campuses to encourage students, parents, and residents to walk, bike or wheel to and from the schools.

North Little Rock’s “Finding Safe Routes to School” walks will take place on Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. at the following elementary schools:

• April 20 – Amboy Elementary, 2400 West 58th St.;

• May 4 – Boone Park Elementary, 1400 Crutcher St.;

• May 18 – Meadow Park Elementary, 400 Eureka Gardens Road.

Participants will meet in the school cafeteria at 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served after the walks. No RSVP is required.

For more information about “Finding Safe Routes to School” walks, contact Bernadette Gunn Rhodes, Fit 2 Live Coordinator, at 975-8777 or brhodes@nlr.ar.gov.

“The ‘Finding Safe Routes to School’ walks will help North Little Rock city and school officials determine where most children are walking from and what kind of facility or street improvements are needed to ensure students’ and parents’ safety and comfort.Residents are encouraged to join the walks and to share their ideas and suggestions,” said Rhoades.

North Little Rock School District Spokesperson Shara Brazear said the program encourages safety and walking, which is good exercise.

“Fitness and safety are two things we promote with students in our school district,” Brazear said. “I believe this program works at improving both in our community and for our students and parents.”

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