Puyallup Schools participate in Walk to School Day
Puyallup Schools participate in Walk to School Day
Posted on 10/13/2015

Walking to school on October 7 was a fun way for students, staff, parents, and community members to come together to promote and encourage safe walking and biking to school. Prepared for the rainy morning with umbrellas and boots, four Puyallup schools participated in the International Walk to School Day event. Planned starting points were arranged for staff, students, and community members at Carson, Meeker, and Stewart elementary schools and Aylen Junior High.

 

Students, staff, and parents at Carson Elementary met at the Silver Creek clubhouse to begin the walk. This is the second year that Carson has participated in the annual event with a goal of informing parents and the community about its daily “Walking School Bus.” The Walking School Bus is supervised by school staff and operates each school day between the school and the community clubhouse. It provides the school families an alternative to driving their students to and from school, while providing the benefits of physical exercise.

 

Aylen, Meeker, and Stewart each had three designated walking routes originating in different neighborhoods within the school walk zone area. Each route met at designated times in order to walk to school together. Stewart students were encouraged to participate, with announcements made in school assemblies and morning announcements leading up to the event. Both Meeker and Stewart students were welcomed at their schools with cheers and celebration as they arrived.

 

Students at Aylen met as early as 6:45 a.m. while it was still dark outside and walked over one

mile to school. The school’s Falcon mascot, along with students from Mr. Spane’s leadership class helped celebrate the event. Volunteers supporting the event included school staff, parents, high school students, community members, city council members, and service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Puyallup Police provided increased patrols to ensure safety, including at the crosswalks.

 

Puyallup School’s participation in the walk was coordinated by Director of Facilities Planning Brian Devereux. The walk was also intended to highlight the Safe Routes to School grant project that provided safety improvements to nearby crosswalks. “In reality, every day is a ‘walk to school’ day for the majority of our schools in the District. We are fortunate to have great support from our city officials, police department, parents and surrounding school communities when it comes to student safety. It’s a rewarding experience to see our students arrive to school energized and ready to start the day with a smile on their face,” stated Devereux, who also participated in the walk.

 

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from many countries that choose to walk or bike to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. The focus is on safe routes to school. According to a report from the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools dated November 2011, the percentage of students that usually walk or bicycle to school has decreased from 48% to 13% from 1969 to 2009.

 

WALKTOBER is a month-long campaign in October presented by Feet First. It encourages all walking trips and highlights walk to school, walk to work, and walk for fun trips throughout October.

 

Please visit the Puyallup School District Transportation Department web page for information on Safe Walking Tips and questions related to school walking areas.