This past Friday, over 60 students from Poindexter Elementary participated in their schools first “Walk to School” day. Walk to School day is an event that promotes children walking and biking to school. It also raises awareness about the importance of sidewalks and safe routes for children to walk and bike.
The children were joined by Mayor, Tony Yarber along with other city officials, parents, and community supporters. After walking four blocks to school the children were greated by school officials and goody bags.
All the children said they enjoyed walking to school and wished there were more “Walk to School” days.
After the children went inside for school, several volunteers, stayed at Poindexter to paint a mural on the retaining wall in front of the school. Artist, daniel johnson, created the design for the wall and this was a beautification initiative spearheaded by the Planning Department for the City of Jackson.
Volunteers painted for several hours to complete the wall and when it was nearly finished, students from Poindexter joined in the fun. They were able to paint on the wall too. Students painted themselves, houses, flowers, and kind words.
The mural runs the entire length of Poindexter Elementary and brightens up the corner of Robinson Rd. and Rose St.
Sponsors of the project include:
JSU’s Center for University-Based Development
The Life Poindexter Center
MS Museum of Art
Bike Walk Mississippi
MS Department of Health
Jackson Heart Foundation
Below are the pictures from the event. These pictures were taken by Arash Ghahramani.