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Rosemount High School principal John Wollersheim is pulling out his walking shoes and stretching his legs, and he's inviting his students to join him.

Wollersheim will be at the center of a May 20 Walk With Wollersheim event to be held as part of the school's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. Wollersheim and whatever students feel like joining him will meet at 6:45 a.m. at the Rosemount Family Resource Center and take what the principal promises will be a brisk walk down 145th Street to school.

"With me leading the way it's sure to be quick," Wollersheim said. "I'm known for my quickness."

The event is part of a larger effort paid for with a $12,770 grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. A group of students and teachers at Rosemount High School has pledged to reduce the school's carbon footprint 11 percent by June of 2011. As part of that effort, the school promised to make a 10 percent reduction in the number of students driving to school on a single day.

Students involved in the carbon-cutting effort have been counting the cars in the RHS parking lot, and they'll count again May 20 to see if they made their goal.

Organizers chose to meet at the family resource center in part because of the parking available in that area and in part because they are inviting students to bring an item of food to donate to the food shelf located at the resource center.

If the weather is bad May 20 the walk will be moved to May 21.

Wollersheim said he's happy to be involved in the walk.

"I am looking forward to it," he said. "I look forward to any event where I get to hang out with the students. I think it will be a lot of fun."