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Shirpser Celebrates Walk to School Day

El Monte City School District’s Shirpser School community participated in National Walk to School Day. Students, parents and teachers were led by El Monte City staff together as a “walking school bus” stopping at the main entrance of the school. El Monte Police Department officers also walked with the group. All were escorted by an El Monte police squad car complete with flashing lights.

The first 150 participants received a free t-shirt - compliments of the City of El Monte - and all students who participated received a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win one of three bicycles provided EMCSD Deputy Superintendent Kris Olafsson and the Kiwanis Club of El Monte.

El Monte Police Department Chief David Reynoso remarked, “This event is a great opportunity for the police department and the community to share a morning of healthy living.  It’s also a great way to bring the police, school and community together.  Collectively, we show that we care about the schools and our children.”

Norma Mota, mother of Shirpser sixth grader, Adam Neri, commented that when she attended Shirpser they never had anything like this. She said, “This is a really fun!”  Her son, proudly wearing his bright yellow Walk to School t-shirt, commented that he liked to exercise. 

Adam’s teacher, Mrs. Duenas, who also walked, said, “I think it’s a great way to motivate students to walk.  As teachers, we need motivation too!”  She also said, “This event promotes a nice sense of community.”

Michael Salcido, with Greater El Monte Community Hospital, said, “Our hospital is proud to help sponsor and chaperone this event.  We are also proud to be the community hospital here for everyone’s needs.”

“This Walk to School event is awesome because it gives parents a chance to fully participate.  The parents really turned out. This helps to spark family conversations about health.  And walking doesn’t cost anything!” Shirpser Principal Lorraine Torres remarked.

“More kids should walk to school on a regular basis,” commented EMCSD School Resource Officer (SRO) James Singleterry. “They should walk with adults or older students.”  He went on to remind students to, “Walk on the sidewalk, use the crosswalks and be sure to look both ways when crossing the street.”

The morning culminated with a healthy snack provided by EMCSD Nutrition Services.  In addition, free nutrition and community resources were provided by the City of El Monte. By 8:00am all students were ready to start their school day after an energizing walk!

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