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Ypsilanti Schools accept transportation consolidation
By Adrienne Ziegler
Jun. 8, 2010   ·   3:07 p.m.

Connie Shelton, an East Middle School Teacher, speaks against the WISD transportation consolidation plan at Monday's special meeting of the Ypsilanti Board of Education. The board approved the motion to join the consolidation by a vote of 5 to 2.

"Shame on you" echoed through the audience Monday night after the Ypsilanti Public Schools Board of Education approved a plan to join a countywide consolidated...read more

Willow Run appoints new board member
By Adrienne Ziegler
Jun. 5, 2010   ·   8:16 a.m.

The Willow Run School Board looks on as Kristine Thomas, a district parent and previous board member, is sworn in as trustee on Thursday night. Thomas will take the position of Joi Jenson who resigned in early May.

The Willow Run School Board appointed a new, yet familiar trustee to the board of education during their regular meeting Thursday night.

Kristine Thomas, a Willow...read more

Willow Run approves county-wide transportation plan
By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 27, 2010   ·   2:09 p.m.

The Willow Run School District signed on to a countywide consolidated transportation plan at their regular board meeting last week.

The plan aims to save transportation...read more

Lincoln offers summer courses to area high-schoolers
By Mark Tower
May. 26, 2010   ·   7:49 p.m.

Students from Lincoln and other nearby districts are being invited to participate in Lincoln High School's Summer Academy this year, registration for which opened...read more

Willow Run terminates student services administrator
By Adrienne Ziegler
May. 26, 2010   ·   12:26 a.m.

Willow Run School Board President Sheri Washington said she didn't know if the district was going to press charges against former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks after the board fired Hicks during a special meeting Tuesday night.

The Willow Run Board of Education unanimously voted to terminate its contract with former Student Services Administrator Laconda Hicks Tuesday night during a special...read more

Group organizes Walk to School Day

Students from three Ypsilanti elementary schools participated in Walk to School Day Friday morning. The event is dubbed as a way to promote health, the environment and safety. Photo by Charnika Jett

Students from three Ypsilanti elementary schools participated in Walk to School Day Friday morning. The event is dubbed as a way to promote health, the environment and safety.
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Event promotes health, environment, safety

By Charnika Jett
May. 18, 2009    ·    7:43 a.m.

Students and parents got up a little earlier than usual Friday morning in order to get the true meaning of a head start before going to school.

Those who were able to brave the nippy weather participated in Walk to School Day at three Ypsilanti area schools.

The international program focuses on communities being more active by walking or riding a bike to school as the first step to change community culture and create environments that are more inviting for everyone, young and old.

By encouraging students to walk or bike to school, the program wants to enhance the health of kids, improve air quality and the environment and also to create safer routes for walking and biking.

Around 8 A.M. at Adams Elementary, parents parked their cars in the school lot and walked two blocks down to wait for the other students who arrived by bus.

Fifteen minutes later students, parents, and faculty gathered on the corner of Oak and Charles to greet the eight fully loaded school buses carrying energized kids who didn’t seem to mind their early arrival.

Charles Wilson, event coordinator at Human Services, carried red and white balloons to pump the students up about the walk.

“Safe routes to school is a federal funded program that’s been around for awhile,” Wilson said, still showing his excitement, “but it’s the first year that we were able to work with the Ypsilanti Schools that enrolled in the program.”

Along with Adams Elementary, Erickson Elementary and Chapelle Community School also participated in the walk.

Connie Thompson, Principal at Adams Elementary walked up and down to greet parents and faculty shifting in the sea of little ones.

“I’m very excited about this walk,” Thompson said. “We’ve been doing a lot with health and nutrition and this is a great way to start the morning.”

Although there are only a couple months of the school year left, Thompson is eager to continue promoting the importance of health and fitness among students.

“We’ll probably do this once a month. We’re actually going to do a fun walk for school for 30 minutes on Monday. This fits in line perfectly with what were doing here.”

Wilson also agrees with Thompson on continuing to do “Walk to School Day”, and that is why he is taking certain precautions to make sure they continue.

“We just did a walking audit to see what things might discourage parents to let their children walk to school,” Wilson said.

“For example, we’ll look at different trees and see which ones might obstruct a driver’s vision close near a cross walk. Or we may see parks with a lot glass in it. We don’t want kids walking through that to get to school.”

Although there is a lot of planning to do for this program, nothing can be done until the money is available.

“The timing is based on when federal dollars will become available,” Wilson said.

“Once that is taken care of, we’ll get together with stakeholders from each of the schools and design a plan to make the different routes to and from school safer so kids will be more encouraged to bike and walk to and from school,” Wilson said. “Also to reassure parents that this a viable option that their kids will be safe.

Kendall Gatewood, mother of student Karen Gatewood, was one of the two mothers who came out to show their support. While she walks her daughter to and from school everyday, she hopes that “Walk to School Day’ will encourage other kids to become healthier on their own.

“This is a healthy way for kids to get out and be active,” Gatewood said. “Maybe by doing this, kids will understand the healthy point of walking.”

After the kids walked to school, they met in the cafeteria to eat breakfast. This was definitely a great way to get a head start on a Friday morning.

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