A Better Way to Get to School

I have the European urge to use my feet when a drive can be dispensed with.
—Vladimir Nabokov

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As it did in October, the Malletts Bay School community enjoyed Walk, Ride, and Roll + Walk at Lunch Day on May 1.

MBS has been a partner with Vermont Safe Routes to School—a program aimed at increasing such activities—since 2009. The event—held on a beautiful, picture-perfect morning—was part of Colchester School District’s ongoing effort to support wellness in our community, as is noted in the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017. There were a total of fifty-six students walking, twenty-five bikers, and seven rollers, along with many engaged adults getting kids to school.

And they're off!

And they’re off!

And nearly 80 percent of the students—and twenty-six adults—walked during their May 1 lunch break as part of the effort!

Both Oscar the Osprey and Champ made an appearance, and the MBS band welcomed the participants arriving at MBS with a song.

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Band with Champ_s

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Porters Point School also recently partnered with Vermont Safe Routes to School, and on May 3, 188 PPS students (approximately 75 percent of the student population) and 60 staff members and parents participated in a walk-to-school event.

Colchester Police Department’s Corporal Fontaine assisted staff and students with the 0.6 mile walk beginning at the end of Greenwood Drive, where school buses dropped the students off.

CPD's Corporal Fontaine assists in the event

CPD’s Corporal Fontaine assists in the event

PPS Principal Marshall with a group of students at the May 3 walk-to-school event

PPS Principal Marshall with a group of students at the May 3 walk-to-school event

PPS kindergarten teacher Diane Trombley leads a group of students

PPS kindergarten teacher Diane Trombley leads a group of students

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To see more photographs from the PPS event, please visit the PPS’s PBIS blog here.

And finally, Colchester Middle School also got in on the walk-to-school action. On May 9, each house participated in its own individually determined walk route and time, and virtually every student in the school participated!

The Partnership for a Walkable America created Walk to School Day in 1997 in order to build awareness about the need for walkable communities, and it has since grown to involve participants all over the world. MBS, PPS, and CMS were enthusiastic to take part.

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