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Motorists are encouraged to drive safely around schools at all times, but especially Wednesday morning.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TIGARD - Keep an eye on kids on bikes and on foot this morning — and every morning.Tigard Safe Routes to School program is partnering with Tigard area elementary schools to celebrate Walk+Roll to School Day this morning, Wednesday, May 15.

Motorists are encouraged to drive safely around schools at all times, but especially this morning.

This day celebrates creating safer, more walkable routes to school; building a sense of community and school spirit; and inspiring families to use active transportation for the school commute more often.

Participating schools include:

C.F. Tigard Elementary will meet at 7:40 a.m. and will depart at 7:45 a.m. from

Fowler Middle School parking for a morning walk to the elementary school, led by Principal Ryan Blazquez.

Durham Elementary walking school buses will depart at 7:20 a.m. from two intersections: Southwest 81st Avenue and Leiser Lane, led by physical education teacher Bettina Megowan; and Southwest 88th Avenue and Hamlet Street, led by Principal Rhett Boudreau.

Mary Woodward Elementary walking school buses will depart at 7:40 a.m. from two locations: The parking lot at Summerlake Dog Park, led by City Councilor Liz Newton; and from the parking lot of TVF&R Station 50 at 12617 S.W. Walnut, led by Tigard Council President John Goodhouse.

Schools that also are participating and do not have any formalized walking school buses are Alberta Rider and Metzger Elementary schools.

Tigard Safe Routes to School is a grant-funded program that educates elementary and middle school aged students on bike and walking safety, while also identifying and mitigating barriers that may prevent more students from walking and biking to school. This program is made possible with support from Metro and the Federal Transit Administration.

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