Walk to School Day
Pine City, MN – Students, parents and community members are invited to a Walk to School Day event at Pine City Elementary School on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 7:20 a.m. The walk will start out at the Pine City Civic Center (Ice Rink) parking lot. Principal Dave Arola will lead the walk of students, parents and community members at 7:35 a.m. A snack will be provided and a small prize for the students.
Walking to school was common place just a generation ago. In Minnesota and other states, traffic jams around schools are common place, causing safety hazards for children, environmental pollution and school headaches.
If parents are unable to walk with their children they are invited to drop off their child at Pine City Civic Center at 7:20 a.m. instead of at the school. Research indicates that 20 to 25 percent of morning traffic is due to parents driving their children to school. Information and a permission slips have been sent home with the students.
Isanti County Active Living is working with the City of Pine City promoting this event as a way to get in part of your 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
At present fewer than 15% of children K-8 walk or bike to school and nearly 50% of school aged children are regularly driven to school by their parents. Coinciding with the declining numbers of children walking and biking to school is an increase in childhood obesity and Type II diabetes. Using a Safe Routes program works with schools, students, and parents, to identify improvements that will make biking and walking to and from school a routine part of Minnesota’s students’ experience.
“Walking to school addresses many quality of life issues for students,” said Marilyn Lieber, President and CEO of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. “When students walk or bicycle to school using safe routes, they receive the physical activity needed for good health. They also learn valuable pedestrian and bicycle safety skills, lessons on the environment, and the importance of community.”
From Isanti County Active Living