Walk or Bike to School Day – YEAR 2

November 16, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Posted in Physical Activity - After School, Physical Activity - Before School | Leave a comment

Our building wellness committee received a walk to school grant from Ohio Department of Transportation this fall, and with it we organized another all-school one day event, but more importantly, 10 walking school buses!

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Walking School Bus - the "River Landings River Movers" THIS GROUP IS CONTINUING TO WALK!

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"Bike Train"

Here’s an article that sums it all up: WTS press coverage 1109, or see a live video clip of our school town meeting here: http://www.snponline.com/articles/2009/11/11/hilliard_northwest_news/schools/hlwalking%20_20091110_0344pm_3.txt

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Walking School Bus, the "Wildcat Walkers"

Here’s the details:      With a $1,000 Walk to School grant from the ODOT SRTS, the wellness committee planned to recruit and train eight walking school bus leader-parents to walk a total of 40 children to school in September 2009.  After a request for interested parent leaders was sent home with all 510 students, parent leaders attended a two-hour educational session to hear about pedestrian safety and discuss relevant safety concerns with the city traffic engineer and a city police officer.   The initial goal was exceeded with a total of 10 walking school buses/bike trains formed, with a total of 75 students committing to walk as a group to school at least four times during the month of October. At least three of the walking school buses have plans to continue walking once a week through November.    A poster in the center hallway has been tracking their progress, along with photos of each walking school bus/bike train. An all-school assembly was held in November 5th to acknowledge the student walkers and parent leaders, and the group goal they will reach upon walking at least 4 times as a group during October:  $400 of grant money will be given to the library for new books.  T  o our astonishment, Olympic gold medal winner Butch Reynolds came to the assembly, offered his congratulations, and asked us to continue walking next spring.  He said he would come back  with a prize for everyone if we set a goal, and achieved it!

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Olympic Athlete Butch Reynolds with walkers/bikers Butch Reynolds addressed the kids Walking Bus, the "Badboyz Batman"

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