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Students to participate in Walk to School Wednesdays

FORT KENT, Maine — Students in Fort Kent will fill the sidewalks of town in the morning on the last two Wednesdays of the month as they walk to school for good health.

“Walk to School Wednesdays” is a project which Power of Prevention hosted up until two years ago. The Maine School Administrative District No. 27 Wellness Committee will rekindle the activity on May 23 and May 30 from 7 to 8 a.m.

“I remembered how much my three kids enjoyed (Walk to School Wednesdays). I started asking around and drummed up some interested people,” said wellness committee leader and registered nurse JoAnne O’Leary.

“Children who are overweight or obese do worse in school and the health risks are not good, either,” she said. “The science tells us children are larger than 30 years ago and the risks of diabetes and heart disease are a lot worse if you are obese as a child.”

Rather than transporting children directly to school, buses will drop them off at one of two local businesses: Paradis Shop and Save and Up North Corp. The students will then walk the rest of the way to school.

Volunteers representing the Fort Kent Elementary School PTO, University of Maine at Fort Kent Wellness Team, Fort Kent Community High School’s softball team and National Honor Society, along with the Fort Kent Police Department, will help ensure the children are safe while they walk to school.

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