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National Walk to School Day

Claire Harvey,   Highland Park Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation
National Walk to School Day

Students, parents, grandparents, and faculty walk/bike together to school. One morning in October at 7 AM, the coaches, principal, students, and some parents meet at the corner of the entrance to the neighborhood. We then walk .5 miles to the community pool where we meet more community, students, and faculty. We then all walk/bike to school together. After the students get to school,60% of them then go into the cafeteria for breakfast.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

This event requires all of us to work together for the safety of our students. Since we start our walk in the dark and walk down two major streets in our neighborhood, students rely on parents and adults to watch the cars and help stop traffic.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

This is my 4th year doing this walk. Each year I see more students and parents come out to walk with us. This year we had all ages walking with us from 3 months old to 65 years old.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We publish this event in all of our mailings and our marquee. We also talk to the students a lot about the event during PE. The students love seeing teachers come walk with them so our principal encourages teachers by allowing them to wear jeans and tennis shoes that day.