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Hammerschmidt students walk, bike to school

LOMBARD – This week and last, students at William Hammerschmidt Elementary School celebrated Walk and Roll to School Week, which ends Friday and is a way to encourage students to use nonmotorized methods of transportation to get to school.

It was organized after the school received a grant from Action for Healthy Kids to help pay for the Learn and Play Garden being developed on the grounds of the school that will feature an outdoor classroom, edible garden and other outdoor educational entities.

“The Walk and Roll event is a request by the grant to promote healthy activities in the school,” said Kate Cross, who has a first-grader at school and helped organize the event.

Walk and Roll helps students get daily, physical exercise while teaching them about bike and pedestrian safety and about locking up bikes. Students’ parents are also helping the environment by producing less gas emissions by not driving their children to school each day.

Cross said each day this week and last she biked with her student to Hammerschmidt and pulled her two younger children in the bike trailer.

It’s been something they’ve enjoyed doing together, she said.

J&R Cycle of Lombard has partnered with the school to provide incentives to participants, and Xtreme Signs of Lombard provided an event banner for the school. Lombard Elementary District 44 supplied extra bike racks at William Hammerschmidt School for students to use each day.

To learn more about the proposed William Hammerschmidt Learn and Play Garden, visit

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