Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Post article on walking/biking to school

Grants help kids do good works is an article in today's Kid's Post about encouraging kids walking and biking to school. It doesn't happen automatically. Many fewer kids walk or bike to school than 20 or 30 years ago with a subsequent increase in childhood obesity during that same time. We've also got more and more parents driving kids to school, kids that either have a seat on the bus or are within easy walking distance.

The Post article discuss a $5,000 grant obtained by Maury Elementary in Northeast Washington as part of the Walk to School Challenge sponsored by Green Works and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.
This year, the 288-student school has designated nearby Lincoln Park as a gathering spot on Wednesday mornings, and everyone who goes there then walks to school together. "On nice days it's almost the whole community," said the school's principal, Carolyne Albert-Garvey, who is well known for putting on sneakers and going for a walk at the end of her work day.

"Me and my brother rode our bikes to school" on Wednesday mornings, said Jamari Young, 7, a second-grader at Maury who especially liked riding on the bumpy sidewalks. The challenge may be over, but Jamari is looking forward to warmer weather to "start back up."



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