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On Saturday, Feb. 13, Manzanita Elementary School is hosting Manzanita Community Kindness Day from 12:30 until 3:00 p.m., kicking off with a grand opening of Manzanita’s new Safe Routes to School pathways.

“The Manzanita Community Kindness Day exemplifies two important values of our school: kindness and community,” says Kimberly Boling, Manzanita Elementary School principal. “The new pathways will allow for safe passage to and from school for our students and families, and serve as a reminder of what can be accomplished when members of a community work together toward a common goal.”

The ribbon cutting will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the northeast corner of the parking lot behind Firebirds. As part of the ribbon cutting Manzanita will be honoring Ann Wilson, a longtime neighbor and community member. Her late husband, Ted, was instrumental in working with the community and Pima County to turn this project into a reality.

All community members are welcome to attend. Families are encouraged to park behind Firebirds at La Encantada, and then walk or ride bikes on the pathway to Manzanita.

Once at the school, families may participate in a number of kindness activities: planting flowers in the school garden, making family kindness bells for their homes, and creating Valentine’s Day cards for community helpers like firefighters and police officers. In addition to "being kind to their bodies" by walking or biking on the new pathways, families will have an opportunity to participate in "be kind to your body" fitness stations at the school.

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