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Did you know that Andrew Jackson raised 11 children and none of them his own or that James Garfield was the second president of four to be assassinated? If you don’t know much about your presidents, here’s your chance to learn at the 3rd Annual We Love Our Presidents' Day Walk.
The two-mile Presidents’Day Walk will be held once again on Saturday February 19. Participants will gather at 10 a.m. at the Firefighters’ Hall and Museum, 664 22nd Ave NE and follow the same route as last year to Windom Park, 2251 Hayes NE for short rest and a cup of hot cocoa. The walk continues on to Northeast Middle School, 2955 Hayes for a program and chili lunch. After the program a free shuttle will transport walkers back to the Firefighters’ Museum.
Northeast Minneapolis happens to be the area in the city where many of the streets are named after United States Presidents so it seems only fitting that Northeast mark the day in a special way. What better way to commemorate our presidents than with a walk through the neighborhood that marks many of their names.
David Warnest, Community Education Coordinator and one of the organizers for the event, said that this year he hopes more people will come to the lunch and program at Northeast Middle School even if they choose not to walk.
The idea for a walk came out of former Council member Paul Ostrow’s office three years ago when he recalled how his grandmother used to take him on similar walks. Last year about 100 people walked the Northeast Streets stopping at the corners while members of the NE Urban 4H club provided facts about individual presidents.
One of the advantages of this type event according to Warnest is that, “Neighbors get to know each other which normally wouldn’t happen. It strengthens the aspect of community.”
If you would like to volunteer for the event,contact David Warnest at 612-668-1515 or email him at David.Warnest@mpls.k12.mn.us.