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Ribbon Week-International Walk to School Day(Green Day)

Submitted by trisha.olsen on Thu, 10/09/2014 - 14:03
Student being greeted by SFHS cheerleaders
Students excited about their prizes they received at the door.
SFHS football players greeting students
SFHS football players greeting students
Students learning to cross the street safely

Today was walk, bike, scoot to school day.  As the students arrived they were greeted by some of the Spanish Fork High School football team and cheerleaders.  As part of todays activities the teachers walked their class to Abbey Court Park and talked about using safety when crossing streets.  The students were encouraged to wear green today.  Here are some ideas of why we should walk to school.  

Communities and schools are using Walk or Bike to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old. Here are some reasons to support walking and bicycling to school:

It’s Fun!

 Walking and bicycling bring a sense of joy and independence.

Healthier Habits

The trip to school is a chance for children (and adults!) to get the physical activity they need.

 Cleaner Environment

Replacing car trips to school with walking or bicycling can reduce congestion and air-polluting emissions. 

Promoting Safety

Building sidewalks, providing education programs and adding traffic calming measures are some of the ways to improve safety. Encouraging walking and bicycling to school   can help build support for infrastructure improvements in the broader community. 

Community Benefits

Reducing traffic congestion, boosting a sense of community, and improving neighborhood connections benefit the community.