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Boyne City students get ready to walk and roll

BOYNE CITY – Boyne City Middle School is encouraging students and their parents to crank up the walk and roll for the school's first Walk & Roll to School Day on Wednesday, October 3rd. As part of International Walk to School Day, parents and other members of the community are invited to walk and bicycle to school with students, to celebrate health and safety and to experience the fun of walking and bicycling along the routes children use every day.

For middle school students who wish to participate, school buses will be dropping riders off at the gazebo in downtown Boyne City. Parents can also drop off students at the gazebo. According to Tami Frampus, the school's Wellness Program Nurse, this offers kids who live outside of town a chance to participate. Administrators, staff, the local police department, the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce and other community members will be participating.

“This is a great opportunity to get students, staff and the community together to promote healthy habits,” said Frampus. “Walking or riding a bike to school is an excellent way for us to get fresh air and physical activity. We have fun prize incentives for participants as well. Hopefully, what is starting out as a Walk and Roll to School Day will become a routine for students.”  Frampus added that middle school students and staff who participate will receive points for their Ramble Rumble team. “This is a fun, year-long competition between four mixed-grade teams in the middle school,” she said. “We're anticipating a good turnout.”

Principal Jeff Bensley says he expects a positive response from participants. “Our Middle School students are full of energy, love the outdoors and like to exercise,” he said. “Excitement is growing among students, staff and parents as we are gearing up to participate.”

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan is mandated by the Michigan Public Health Code to promote wellness, prevent disease, provide quality healthcare, address health problems of vulnerable populations, and protect the environment for the residents and visitors of Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties. To learn more about Walk & Roll to School Day and Safe Routes to School, visit