Elementary Schools throughout Culver City and Culver City Middle School will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
Hundreds of students throughout the district will be walking and rolling to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders.
The events will begin at 8:00 a.m. with kids, parents and community leaders gathering at various locations and be walking by 8:15. Walkers and bicyclists will arrive at the school at by 8:30. Other special activities associated with the walk include free items for kids that walk or bike at least 3 blocks before arriving at school. See below for a complete schedule
There will be a major kickoff event at City Hall beginning at 7:45 on Wednesday. Linwood E. Howe Elementary School will lead a dance/walk to school activity beginning at 8:00. Representatives from Culver City and CCUSD will be participating here and elsewhere throughout the District.
For parents who must drive, or can’t join the meetup group, we encourage you to park three blocks from school and join the fun. With extra children walking to school this day, please also be extra cautious when driving in the school zones.
Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.
The events are being organized by each school Safe Routes to School Committees and coordinated by Culver City Walk & Rollers, the City-wide Safe Routes to School Program that encourages children to walk, bike, skate, scoot and carpool to school more often. The program focuses on creating healthier, safer communities, by helping kids be more active, teaching lifelong safety lessons and reducing the number of cars and pollution near each school.
For additional local information, please contact Jim Shanman, Culver City Safe Routes to School Coordinator at 310-204-4346 or visitwww.ccWalkAndRoll.com
Schedule of Activities:
El Marino Language School: Meetup sites at US Bank (Sepulveda/Sawtelle) and the Ballona Creek Bridge on Sawtelle. El Marino tends to have one of the largest walking groups in the
El Rincon Elementary. Meetup sites at Slauson and Hannum (Fox Hills Mall by the electric charging stations) and opposite US Bank in the Toys R Us parking lot
Farragut Elementary: Meetup sites at Lindberg Park at Rhoda and Cota and Vets Park at Coombs and Barman
La Ballona Elementary: Meetup Sites at Telfson Park and Elenda and Culver (paddle tennis courts)
Lin Howe: Dance/Walk to School meet up/kick off at City Hall.
Wednesday Oct. 5 is National Walk to School Day, and Culver City will be taking part. Join in this world-wide celebration of active transportation. Most children simply do not get enough exercise. Only 13% of children walk or bike to school today (compared to 49% in 1970). Worse, approximately only 10% of children ages 6-10 get the recommended 60 minutes of activity a day.
Walking and biking to school may be the easiest way to reverse these trends. And why not? Kids love walking and riding bikes to school. They have fun, get to hang out with their friends and arrive at school ready to learn. It’s a great way to start their day.
When kids learn how to safely and responsibly walk and bike to school, they also learn life lessons that not only help them be better members of the community, but better stewards of the future. Walking and biking to school also:
Creates safer communities
Develops healthier, more sustainable environments
Helps children arrive energized and ready to start their day in class
Reduces traffic and congestion around schools
Teaches life skills: safe habits, good decision making and responsibility
Helps children develop deeper community awareness