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Local students walk or bike to school in honor of international event

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: LARAE BURKE - Hallinan teacher Ann Coles kindergarten class works out the kinks before the jog-a-thon, held Oct. 9, the same day as the schools walk or bike day.Lake Oswego schools for years have been engaged in the nationwide fight against childhood obesity — and two elementary schools held events last week that not only exemplified that effort but also fostered a sense of community.

Students at Hallinan and Westridge elementary schools pedaled bicycles and pounded pavement Oct. 9, International Walk+Bike to School Day. The event is held every October.

The event’s intent is to inspire children to head to school on their own power and to encourage drivers to keep an eye out for kids on sidewalks and in bike lanes.

For its walk/bike day, Westridge Elementary parent volunteers treated students to hot chocolate and a raffle for a helmet that the Bike Gallery in Lake Oswego donated. First-grader Jane Everton was the lucky winner.by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Westridge first-grader Jane Evertons brother, fourth-grader Will Everton, hugs her after she learns she won her schools raffle for a bike helmet.

“Congratulations to all the kids that walked and biked to school — it’s a great way to stay healthy and reduce traffic congestion,” said Westridge parent Kerstin Baun, who co-coordinated the event with parent Meg Godfrey.

The Bike Gallery and Hallinan PTO each donated a helmet to the school’s raffle. Third-grader Lucas Pollock and fifth-grader Anna Seely took home the helmets.

The Lake Oswego Police Department also supported the bike or walk events, providing additional officers to ensure the children’s safety. Many neighbors attended their school’s walk or bike event together, and dozens of children participated.

Many Hallinan students not only skipped a motorized commute but also participated in a jog-a-thon Oct. 9, circling the track to raise funds to upgrade school technology. The goal was $18,000, a couple thousand dollars more than usual. The results are not yet tabulated.

Hallinan parent volunteer Lindsay McGrath organized the jog-a-thon.

Our school “is such a great, warm place that I’m happy to help out,” McGrath said.

Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.