More than 250 students in grades kindergarten through fifth attend Polk Elementary School in Baton Rouge, La. In 2007, Polk Elementary was the target school of the Walk this Way program, which focuses on a different school within the Baton Rouge school district each year.
Together, the city of Murray and the Murray Independent School District are working to make the way to school safer for children. The city led efforts to seek Federal Safe Routes to School funding for sidewalks, and surrounding schools are following up with education and encouragement. The city has about 16,000 people and is located within a county of about 34,000. The middle school, which houses grades 4 to 8, is in the center of town, according to Eleanor Spry, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
Longfellow Elementary School has participated in Walk to School Day for more than ten years and just joined Safe Routes to School.