FDL School District Participates In Walk To School Day Oct Fourth
Walk to School Day also hopes to address the growing concern with lack of physical activity as well as increase awareness in protecting our environment. Over the last 30 years, the percentage of children biking and walking to school has declined from 50% or more to where it is now closer to about 15% that bike or walk.
For some families, this is an opportunity to give walking and bicycling to school a try. Walk to School Day is not a new initiative. The Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago in 1997, modeled after the United Kingdom’s walk to school events. In the U.S., Walk to School grows in numbers and relevance each year. Whatever the motivation, Walk to School boils down to families and community.
“October is Child Health Month and walking or bicycling to school gives children time for physical activity and a sense of responsibility and independence; it also creates an opportunity to be outdoors and provides time to connect with parents, friends and neighbors. The entire community benefits when there is less traffic congestion,” says Marian Sheridan, School Health and Safety Programs Coordinator for the Fond du Lac School District. “We encourage students and parents to review the list below and take the opportunity to participate in Walk to School Day.” Schools will also be providing incentive prizes and/or raffle drawings provided through Safe Routes to School for students who choose to participate in this activity:
Chegwin Elementary School staff will plan to meet students at two locations at 7:50 a.m.: McKinley Park and the sidewalk by the parking lot of U.S. Bank where students will be joined by employees from U.S. Bank, Chegwin’s Partners in Education. Participating students will have their names entered into a drawing for prizes.
Evans Elementary School students and staff are gathering at Taylor Park and walking to Evans School at 7:45 a.m. Students who walk to school will have a chance to win one of the many prizes through a drawing later in the morning.
Lakeshore Elementary School staff will be meeting students at the trail head on Luco Road (by the BP station) at 7:55 a.m. and walking to school on the trail. Last year, we saw approximately a dozen deer which made the walk extra special. Parents and other adults, along with pets, are encouraged to walk with us. After the walk, students will meet in the gymnasium to draw for numerous prizes including sunglasses, t-shirts, and Subway gift cards. See you then!
Parkside Elementary School staff will meet students at three intersections at 7:45 a.m. to acknowledge walkers and continue the walk to school with the students. Staff will join students at the corner of Arndt and Peters, the corner of Arndt and Seymour, and the corner of Arndt and Hickory. Participating students will get their names entered into a raffle to win various prizes. A Parkside banner will be available for students and parents to sign if they walk.
Pier Elementary School students are invited at 7:45 a.m to meet Pier staff members and our very own Pier Panther Mascot, in the Gilles parking lot or at the corner of Martin Avenue and Willsher Drive. All students who walk to school will be entered in a drawing to win prizes. Students are also encouraged to walk from their home (with proper supervision according to their age) or meet Pier staff members along their routes.
Riverside Elementary School parents, students, and teachers are invited to meet members of our Health and Wellness team and student athletes from Fond du Lac High School (FHS) at Franklin Park at 7:45 a.m. We will be walking to school together at 7:50 a.m. Upon arriving at Riverside, students, parents, and teachers will sign a banner depicting participation in the event. Our annual Breakfast with a FHS Athlete event will follow as FHS Cardinal student athletes will be eating breakfast and building relationships with our Riverside Rocket Superstar Students. Students that take the bus will be able to participate as well. A walking path will be set up on the playground for those students to walk once they get to school. Anyone that walks will be entered for a great prize.
Roberts Elementary School staff and students will be meeting at Lallier Park on the corner of National and 4th streets at 7:50 am to walk together to school. Prize drawings will take place for those students that do walk to school on that day. Parents, students, and siblings are welcome to walk to school on that day as well!
Rosenow Elementary School invites students, staff, parents, friends, and community members to join us for Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 4th. We will gather at 7:50 at the Fondy Soccer Complex concession stand, and the walk back to Rosenow will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Every Rosenow student who participates in the walk will be eligible to enter his or her name in a drawing for great prizes that will be held later in the day.
STEM Academy and STEM Institute students are invited to meet staff at the entrance to Fruth Field at 7:30 a.m. (on the Cardinal) for Walk to School Day. Participating students will have their names entered into a drawing for some awesome prizes!
Waters Elementary School staff invites students, parents and grandparents to join them at 7:45 a.m. at two locations for the walk to school event: Eaton’s Pizza parking lot (9th and Park) or the Dutch Gap at 15th and Park Ave. There will be prizes awarded to those participating in the Walk to School!
Sabish Middle School will be meeting at Plamore Park and leave for Sabish at 7:30 a.m. Everyone in attendance will receive a wristband or sunglasses. We will leave the park at 7:35 and will raffle off other prizes in the gym once we walk back to school. Mr. Larson and Ms. Hammer hope to see you there!
Theisen Middle School staff will be meeting students at 7:15 a.m. at three locations: Pier Elementary School, the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds bridge, and Danbury Park. Various staff members will walk with students from these locations. Participating students will have their names entered into a drawing for various prizes that will be raffled off throughout the day!
Woodworth Middle School will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. at four locations: the Lallier Park gazebo; the north baseball diamond at Russell Park (the corner of 2nd and Ashland); the corner of National Avenue and Division Street near the Marian University campus and the 4th Street Baseball Diamond parking lot at the end of Springs Rd. Students are invited to meet and walk with staff members from any one of the four locations. Participating students will have their names entered into a drawing to win some fun prizes.