by: DAVID F. ASHTON - ODOT's Jason Tell congratulates students and parents for using active transportation to get to school on this crisp morning.Many of the 200 students attending Woodstock’s Meriwether Lewis Elementary School participated in “International Walk + Bike to School Day” on the morning of Wednesday, October 3.

Parents and kids formed a “bike train” in Woodstock Park at S.E. Harold Street – then biked south to the schoolyard at 4401 S.E. Evergreen Street. At the same time, another group formed a “walking bus” in the Key Bank parking lot, and headed for school on foot.

“I think it's exciting that our school was chosen to be the city-wide focus for this event,” Meriwether Lewis Elementary School Principal Tim Lauer told THE BEE, as kids streamed into the playground.

“We have a lot of parents who’ve worked hard to make sure their children are walking and biking to school, and are getting involved in physical activity,” Lauer added. “It’s really nice to have their work acknowledged, and validated, by our city’s leaders.”

Beyond the environmental value of “leaving a smaller footprint on the planet”, Lauer added that “Kids who are physically active seem to be more attentive at school, more ready to go, and can focus longer. It’s a great package of being a good steward for the planet, and being ready to learn at school.”

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