Think fresh, brisk air, a chance to get outside, early morning and a backpack. Do you remember walking or biking to school as a child? My most recent memories are from when I biked with my son to school.
Walking and bicycling to school happens throughout the school year but Walk to School Day celebrations are designed to make this retro activity more festive. The combined effect of childhood obesity, traffic congestion, environmental pollution and rising fuel prices have lead to schools and families rethinking how children will take the daily trip to school. They have embraced the concept and are using funds from sources like the Safe Routes to School Program to help increase the number of children walking and biking to school safely all year. For more information about the Safe Routes to School Program go to http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/localprograms/saferoutes/.
Walk to School Day is not a new initiative. In the U.S., it started in Chicago in 1997, modeled after the United Kingdom’s walk to school events. This year Walk to School Day is expected to include 5,000 schools from all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.
Here is a list of some schools participating in Walk to School Day Celebrations in Washington:
|School Name||School City|
|Sherwood Forest elementary school||Bellevue|
|Lincoln elementary school||Ellensburg|
|Ben Franklin elementary school||Kirkland|
|Peter Kirk elementary school||Kirkland|
|Juanita elementary school||Kirkland|
|Lakeridge elementary school||Mercer island|
|Edward Zeiger elementary school||Puyallup|
|Firgrove elementary school||Puyallup|
|Rock Island elementary school||Rock island|
|Elizabeth Blackwell elementary school||Sammamish|
|Sacajawea elementary school||Seattle|
|John Muir elementary school||Seattle|
|Concord elementary school||Seattle|
|West Woodland elementary school||Seattle|
|Lawton elementary school||Seattle|
|Adams elementary school||Spokane valley|
|Suquamish elementary school||Suquamish|
|Mccarver elementary school||Tacoma|
|Washington elementary school||Vancouver|
|Adams elementary school||Veradale|
|White center heights elementary school||White center|
I enjoyed biking my son to school because it gave us something fun to do together in the mornings. It was also a great way to wake myself up before the work day. Whatever the motivation, Walk to School boils down to support for healthier families and safer communities.
For more details and to see who’s walking this year, visit www.walktoschool.org.