Monday, September 28, 2015

Celebrate Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 7 is Walk to School when communities around the country celebrate the simple act of walking and bicycling to school. It’s not too late for schools to register to participate. Learn more. 

This year’s Montgomery County host school will be Bells Mill Elementary School. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Interim Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Bowers will join students, teachers and parents as they gather at Cabin John Middle School at 9 a.m. and then begin their walk to school at 9:30 a.m. 

As part of its Walk to School Day participation, Bells Mill will launch a “Fire Up Your Feet” challenge. During the month of October, teachers, families and students are encouraged to work together to create active lifestyles that keep families healthy and help kids improve academic performance.  An online activity tracker lets families and staff log their physical activity such as walking, playing, bicycling and more. Schools with the most family and school staff participation have the chance to win a portion of more than $100,000 in awards being offered nationally.  The awards are calculated based on participation in such activities as “brain breaks” or walk-a-thons. Fire Up Your Feet is a program of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, the family engagement partner for the national PTA and funded in large part by Kaiser Permanente.