Walk to School Day started back in 1997 and was called ‘Walk Our Children to
School Day”. Since 1997, it has grown internationally and has helped make many
changes to walking/biking programs at schools and community improvements (ex.
added sidewalks and pathways). The event is taken place every October and since
2012 they have added National Bike to School Day which is held every May.
Cloverly will celebrate with a modified "walk to school" route. This map shows the route students will take Friday morning.
Benefits of Walking
Walking helps incorporate or add regular physical
activity to a student’s day. It can help form healthy habits at a younger age.
With regular physical activity students will see the added benefits such
building strong bones, muscles, & joints. It also helps decrease the risk
of obesity and other chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer,
and osteoporosis. Physical activity has many academic benefits such as
improving memory, lengthening attention span, and prompts growth of new nerve
cells and blood vessels. It may also help boost students’ decision making
skills and aid in multi-tasking and planning.
Walking to school helps students remove themselves
from all the hustle and bustle in their daily lives and take that time to
connect with themselves and nature. Students can take in the sights and sounds
around them that may not encounter riding in a car or a bus.
Walking to school can also reduce on air pollution
that is emitted by vehicles. With reduce emission we are decreasing our risk
for any air borne toxins. This is not only a benefit to the earth, but a
community benefit. It reduces the traffic in the area. Builds a stronger sense
of community on improving accessibility and safety in the community. It can
also lower the cost on a family’s budget. Encouraging and enabling more
students to walk/bike to school saves family on gas and vehicle/road
Feel free to check out the website: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/
If you have any questions, please contact Ania Warner, physical education teacher.