By Molly Payne

(Cushing, Okla) –At Monday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting, a second proclamation was made by Chairman Don Amon declaring October 2nd, National Walk to School Day in Cushing.   It was accepted by teachers from Cushing Lower Elementary and Cushing Upper Elementary.

Read the proclamation:

“Whereas, walking contributes to improved health, stronger communities, a cleaner natural environment: and

Whereas, the Cushing Lower elementary and Cushing Upper Elementary have been active participants in teaching and promoting fitness, safety, and healthy living habits; and

Whereas, a lack of physical activity plays a leading role in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children and being able to walk or bicycle to school offers an opportunity to build activity into daily healthy routine, and

Whereas, an important role for parents and caregivers is to teach children about pedestrian safety and become aware of the difficulties and dangers that children face on their trip to school each day and the health risks related to physical inactivity.

Whereas, community members and leaders should make a plan to make immediate changes to enable children to safely walk and bicycle in our communities and develop a list of suggestions for improvements that can be done over time.

Whereas, children, parents and community leaders around the world are joining together to walk to school and evaluate walking and bicycling conditions in their communities.

Now Therefore, Be It Resolved that I, Don Amon, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners hereby proclaim October 2, 2019, “National Walk to School Day” in Cushing, Oklahoma, and encourage everyone to consider the safety and health of children today and every day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the great seal of the City of Cushing, Oklahoma to be affixed this 16th day of September, 2019.” 

Don Amon, Chairman Board of Commissioners