Sleepy Eye's first Bike or Walk to School Day was held on Thursday, May 11—and a beautiful day greeted the students.

A annual rite of spring at Sleepy Eye schools are the bike safety clinics and bike rodeos put on by police, ambulance and medical center personnel. This year, the schools also participated in the national Bike or Walk to School initiative.

Sleepy Eye’s first Bike or Walk to School Day was held the same day as the bike rodeos—Thursday, May 11—and a beautiful day greeted the students. The schools continued the effort, encouraging students to walk or bike to school for a week, with friendly competition between classes to see who had the most kids participate.

A lot of happy elementary school students proudly walked or biked to school on Thursday: 58 at St. Mary’s (sixth grade on field trip), 25 at St. John’s and 159 at Public School.

On Wednesday, May 10, Sleepy Eye Medical Center staff fitted all the first grade students with free bike helmets and students in grades kindergarten through third grade had bike safety clinics in their classrooms conducted by Police Chief Matt Andres and Ambulance Coordinator Shari Hittesdorf.