The National Center for Safe Routes to School is the coordinating organization for Walk to School Day held every October and Bike to School Day held each May. These events are used to encourage families to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking and to increase local leader commitment and visibility for traffic safety and community quality of life.
However, staff at the charter school opted to take this program farther than just a one day event each semester. Instead, they instituted a daily walking program for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Head of school, Ryan Bender, said “We want to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for students, staff and parents.” He added that starting each day with exercise is a great way to stimulate the brain and get it prepared to learn during school. Also, by offering incentives to participate in the morning walk, the school has seen a reduction in the number of students arriving tardy to class each day.
Each morning students walk. If the weather is good, students walk a safe path on campus. If it is raining or below 35 degrees, students complete their walk in the Gymnatorium.
“The first year of our walking program was a success in the way of fitness, attendance, class attentiveness and team building and we are thrilled to be continuing the daily walking program for a second year,” said Bender.
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