Students in the San Ramon Valley,around the Bay Area and throughout the country are celebrated Walk to School Day Wednesday. Schools put an emphasis on learning safe routes to and from school and developing healthy exercise habits.
Among the activities planned on Oct. 3 was the beginning of a community-wide walk/bike challenge. The program will run through Nov. 7 in connection with Street Smarts program to reinforce exercise, fun, the reduction of air pollution and traffic by providing incentives for children to walk and bike to school.
"All of us, whether we walk or drive our kids to and from school have witnessed the often chaotic traffic situation," wrote Quail Run Principal Carol Loflin. "Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone was following the same safety etiquette and we could be assured that our kids will have a safe transit to and from school whether they walk or bike to school?"
Students at Bollinger Canyon, Creekside, John Baldwin, Montair, Montevideo, Neil Armstrong, Quail Run, Twin Creeks, or Vista Grande elementaries, or those at Stone Valley and Windemere Ranch middle schools can register for the walk/bike challenge and log their trips either to or from school. The more miles students walk, the more prizes their class can earn.
Those who walk or bike at least 20 one-way trips during the five week program will earn a prize; 40 trips earns a different safety prize. The winning class will receive a roaming trophy and $50 in classroom supplies. Additionally, the school with the highest percentage of students participating in the challenge will receive an additional $50 gift card.
Elementary students will also have an opportunity to learn about bicycle safety at various bike rodeos. Quail Run Elementary's rodeo will be held after school on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
"Bike rodeos are oftentimes a child's only opportunity to learn the rules of the road, have their helmet properly checked and practice riding their bike in a supervised bicycle course," the Street Smarts website states. "All students at the school are encouraged to bike to school on the day of the event."
For more information on Walk to School day, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.