Walk To School Day In FDL Wednesday
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 your child to school is a terrific way to obtain physical activity and discuss safety in your own neighborhood,” 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 three locations at 7:45 a.m.: McKinley Park; 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; and at the corner of Johnson Street and Division Street. Students not able to join staff at any one of these locations can join staff members from 7:50 – 8:10 a.m. on the school grounds and walk a track that has been set up for them.
Evans Elementary School students and staff are gathering at Taylor Park and walking to Evans School at 7:50 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 8:00 a.m. and walking to school on the path. Parents are encouraged to walk with us. Prizes will be distributed immediately following the walk.
Parkside Elementary School staff will meet students at three intersections at 7:42 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 receive panther bucks and other prizes with a drawing to follow. Panther Bucks will also be distributed to recognize all students who are walking safely. IF students walk with a parent their name will be entered in the drawing 2 times for helping a parent be active!
A Parkside banner will be available for students and parents to sign if they walk. Parkside is planning a monthly walk to school and participating walkers will sign the monthly banners. The challenge for students is to get their name on every banner. Names will be selected from the banner for prizes that will be distributed at the Pep Rally all-school assembly.
Pier Elementary School students are invited at 7:45 a.m to meet Principal Colwin at the corner of Martin Avenue and Willsher Drive, or Mrs. Cappozzo in the Gilles parking lot or Mrs. Tranel at the corner of Nakoma Avenue and Mequon Avenue. All students who walk to school will receive a ticket to enter a chance in drawings to win one of 100 prizes. Students are also encouraged to walk from their home (with proper supervision according to their age) or meet Mr. Colwin, Mrs. Cappozzo, or Mrs. Tranel 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 at Franklin Park at 7:50 a.m. We will be walking to school together at 7:55 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.
Some of Roberts Elementary School staff will be meeting students at 7:50 a.m. at Roberts’ north playground and will walk on the school grounds until the bell sounds. Other staff members will meet at Lallier Park at 7:30 a.m. and walk with students back to Roberts School.
Rosenow students, staff, parents, friends, and community members are invited to join us for Walk to School day on Wednesday, October 8. The walk will begin at 8:00 a.m from the Fondy Soccer Complex concession stand and end at the flagpole at Rosenow School. Every Rosenow student who participates in the walk will be able 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. 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: Eaton’s Pizza parking lot 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 students are invited to meet Ms. Hammer and Mrs. Luft at Plamore Park baseball diamond at 7:30 a.m. where students will be able to play some games and then the group will walk together to Sabish. Participating students will have their names entered into a drawing for prizes.
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.