Rochester Celebrates National Walk to School Day
I love heading out to work and seeing children and families walking together to school. It reminds me of my own childhood and the stories and laughter I would share with family and friends as we walked to school.
Today we don’t see as many children and families walking to and from school. The number of children who walk or bike to school has declined. National studies highlight that in in 1969, over 50 percent of children in the United States walked or biked to school, while in 2009 reports demonstrate only 13 percent of children walk or bike.
However there are national organizations (like the National Safe Routes to School Partnership), local schools and community organizations determined to make walking to school popular again.
Since 2013, Healthi Kids has partnered with the National Safe Routes to School Partnership and the Rochester City School District to increase the number of kids who walk and bike to school. For the last 3 years, Schools #2 and #19 have encouraged families to walk and bike to school on National Walk to School Day. This year, was no different, On Thursday, October 6th the schools came together to participate in their 4th National Walk to School Day Event.
Nearly 100 people participated including city leaders, local sports mascots, B.L.A.C.K, Church of Love, and community members walked alongside family members students to highlight the importance of walking daily.
But walking doesn't stop after National Walk to School day. School #19 has taken additional steps to keep this positive momentum going by creating a weekly walking program called Walking Wednesdays. Every Wednesday, parents and community members make a commitment to walk students to school. The school has even established walking trails and stationary bikes throughout the school to ensure even the kids that ride the bus in the morning are able to get moving too.
If you want to learn more about how you can start a walking program at your school contact our Parent Engagement Specialist Erick Stephens at 585.224.3112 or at firstname.lastname@example.org