Don’t forget to walk or bike to school this Wednesday! Walk to School Day is an international event aimed at raising awareness for the need for safe walking and biking facilities and to encourage students to take steps toward leading a healthier lifestyle.
Bartlesville Public School District students at seven BPSD sites are encouraged to walk or bike to school this Wednesday (Oct. 4), including all elementary schools and Central and Madison middle schools.
“Walk to School Day is an annual event that gives parents a chance to teach safe walking skills to their children. Plus it’s good for the environment, and it reduces traffic congestion, pollution and speed near the schools,” said City Grants Administrator Nancy Warring.
Each student who walks or bikes to school that day will receive a prize/treat to acknowledge their participation in the program, as long as supplies last.
Parents are encouraged to walk with their children, park and walk from a remote location, or organize a walking school bus.
“For families who live too far away to walk or bike to school, parents are encouraged to drop their students off a few blocks from their school so they can participate,” she said.
Walk to School Day was first held communitywide in Bartlesville in 2009, thanks to a grant awarded by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to the City of Bartlesville to help facilitate the event.