I have the European urge to use my feet when a drive can be dispensed with.
MBS has been a partner with Vermont Safe Routes to School—a program aimed at increasing such activities—since 2009. The event—held on a beautiful, picture-perfect morning—was part of Colchester School District’s ongoing effort to support wellness in our community, as is noted in the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017. There were a total of fifty-six students walking, twenty-five bikers, and seven rollers, along with many engaged adults getting kids to school.
And nearly 80 percent of the students—and twenty-six adults—walked during their May 1 lunch break as part of the effort!
Porters Point School also recently partnered with Vermont Safe Routes to School, and on May 3, 188 PPS students (approximately 75 percent of the student population) and 60 staff members and parents participated in a walk-to-school event.
And finally, Colchester Middle School also got in on the walk-to-school action. On May 9, each house participated in its own individually determined walk route and time, and virtually every student in the school participated!
The Partnership for a Walkable America created Walk to School Day in 1997 in order to build awareness about the need for walkable communities, and it has since grown to involve participants all over the world. MBS, PPS, and CMS were enthusiastic to take part.
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