From press release:
The Safe Routes to School program is offering $500 to six Shasta County Schools for coordinating Walk to School Day, October 6, 2010. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 23, 2010.
To be eligible, schools must have a group of parents from PTA, a parent club, or Site Council willing to coordinate the event, which must include a “walking school bus.” A walking school bus is a supervised group of children walking together to school. Typically the students meet at a park or church parking lot before walking to school.
Few local schools have participated in International Walk to School Day in the past. The goal of the Safe Routes to School Program is to make walking and biking to school safer, easier, more convenient, and increase the numbers of children walking or biking to school safely.
“Walking and biking to school is a great way for children to get exercise before starting their school day, making them more prepared to concentrate and learn when they arrive at school. Walking and cycling also reduces the number of cars around the school area, making it safer for even more children to walk or bike,” said Sara Sundquist, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator.
For more information or for an application, call Sara Sundquist at 245-6457 or visit www.healthyshasta.org.
Healthy Shasta is a partnership committed to making healthy eating and physical activity choices easier where you live, work and play. Visit www.healthyshasta.org for more information.