Winnebago County provides warmth to young children walking to school

Winnebago County Winter Wear

(Rockford, Ill. - 12/08/2014) – Several bags of winter clothing were donated by Winnebago County in support of United Way of Rock River Valley's Strong Neighborhoods initiative. Items collected by staff throughout Winnebago County departments will be distributed to young children participating in the Rockford Walking School Bus program. The program, which is the only daily, adult-supervised walking school bus in the country, provides a safe-walking passage for students attending Lewis Lemon Elementary School, and enables children to incorporate regular physical activity into their lifestyle.

The Rockford Walking School Bus program is a partnership between the Rockford Housing Authority, United Way of Rock River Valley, Winnebago County Health Department, YMCA of Rock River Valley, and Youth Services Network. The program is also part of United Way's new Strong Neighborhoods initiative, which is a place-based strategy to improve the quality of life for children and families living in Ellis Heights and Midtown District neighborhoods, because strong neighborhoods make a strong community.

For more information on how to support United Way's Strong Neighborhoods initiative, contact Linda Sandquist, Vice President of United Way of Rock River Valley, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


United Way of Rock River Valley

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