Walk to School Day draws 300

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This year the cool weather brought more than 300 participants to the annual Walk to School Day held on Oct. 4.

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From staff reports

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This year the cool weather brought more than 300 participants to the annual Walk to School Day held on October 4th.

Hertford Grammar School students, staff, families and community members met at the old Belo shopping center beside the Hertford Fire Department around 7:30 a.m. to show support and participate in the morning walk.

Hertford Grammar School Principal Jason Griffin, 2017 Wells Fargo NC Principal of the Year, has been bringing the event to Perquimans County since 2013. He said the walk promotes healthy living and provides an alternate route for transportation.

This year, Griffin appointed Joycelyn Hinton, dean of students at Hertford Grammar, to organize the event, Hinton said she was impressed with the community involvement, particularly the law enforcement agencies, during her first time at participaing in Walk to School Day.

“They didn’t just help with traffic, they talked to the children and the parents and even participated in the walk,” she said.

Hinton said that early positive exposure to law enforcement personnel clears misconceptions that some students may have about officers of the law.

Deputy Bobby Farrar, K-9 handler for the Sheriff’s Department, brought his German Shepard “Roll” on the walk. Farrar said he wanted to get Roll used to crowds and provide an opportunity for the kids to see the dog. He said having Roll helps him develop relationships with students.

“The kids are the number one in the community. They are the building blocks for the future. Anytime they can have a positive influence outside the home, it strengthens the community,” he said.

This year, more than 5,000 schools in the United States participated in the Walk to School Day event.

Students plan

Fields of Faith 


Students from Perquimans County School High School will join thousands of other youth on athletic fields across the nation on Sunday October 15, at 5 pm to share their Christian faith with fellow students during the 14th annual national Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Fields of Faith event. The local event takes place in the high school’s athletic field and is among more than 500 locations across the nation participating in the interdenominational outreach event.

This will be the First Fields of Faith event for Perquimans County. Since the beginning of Fields of Faith in 2004, more than a million people have joined the movement. While Fields of Faith has its roots with FCA leadership, the event is designed to include multiple national Christian organizations, local churches and ministries. A local leadership team will determine the program of each Fields of Faith event.

For information, go to FieldsofFaith.com . To learn more about the event in Hertford, NC, contact Lynette Baker 252-331-5163 lbaker@pqschools.org or Alli Copeland 252- 312-4022.