DNUSD to Celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 9, 2013

posted Sep 27, 2013, 3:26 PM by BHC Staff   [ updated Sep 27, 2013, 3:26 PM ]
Mary Peacock, Bess Maxwell Elementary, and other area schools will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. For Mary Peacock and Bess Maxwell students this will be the last of the Walking Wednesday’s in the “Golden Sneaker Challenge” that has been ongoing since September 18th. 

Increased numbers of students from area schools will be walking, biking and rolling to school October 9, 2013 along with parents, teachers and community leaders, including, among others, Superintendent Don Olson, Supervisor Roger Gitlin, City Council Members Kathryn Murray, Rich Enea and Ron Gastineau.

The event will begin at approximately 7:20 a.m. with kids, parents and community leaders walking from home to school. Walkers and bicyclists will arrive at the schools prior to the first bell. Other special activities associated with the walk will be held at each of the participating schools, and may include prizes, stickers, greetings by special guests and drawings. Please check with your school to see if there are special events planned. Motorists are asked to please be aware of increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic near school zones during this event and every day.

In 2012, International Walk to School Day was celebrated at more than 4,000 events at schools across the United States, along with children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

The event is being organized as a Safe Routes to School project of the Del Norte Local Transportation Commission, the Del Norte County Unified School District, Del Norte County Department of Health and Human Services, California Highway Patrol, Crescent City Police, and Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department. Funding is provided by the Public Health Institute, through The California Endowment. For additional local information, please contact Karen Phillips at (707) 464-9651.

For additional information, please visit these websites:

Walk to School Day in the USA                     www.walkbiketoschool.org

National Center for Safe Routes to School      www.saferoutesinfo.org

International Walk to School Day                   www.iwalktoschool.org