Celebrate Walk to School Dau
October 3, 2008
It’s time for students to grease their bike chains or dig out their most sensible walking shoes because Wednesday Oct. 8 is National Bike or Walk to School Day. Parley’s Park Elementary and McPolin Elementary have sent home flyers to parents and are encouraging as many students to participate as possible.
Annual Bike and Walk to School Day is celebrated to promote safe biking and walking throughout the year. Parley’s Park is a Gold Medal School, which means that they’re part of an ongoing, state-wide campaign to promote healthy living. Jennifer Wheelright, Parley’s Park physical education teacher said that she expects 60 to 70 percent of the students to participate next Wednesday. She said that, unfortunately, a few students from the Iron Horse area live too far away from school to participate.
McPolin Elementary has established two meeting points, one at the Racquet Club, and one in the Prospector neighborhood. Students who meet at these locations in the morning will be safely escorted to school by law enforcement officers. Veronica Claridge, McPolin’s secretary, said that they expect about 40 percent of students to participate.
Bike or Walk to School Day falls is in the middle of McPolin’s wellness week. The school has planned a number of activities, including a wellness field day, Friday Oct. 10. Students will spend the day outside participating in relay races and other fun games, explained Claridge.