Schoolchildren in Carson City to celebrate Walk to School Day Wednesday

Fremont Elementary School students and staff walk to school Thursday. Courtesy

Fremont Elementary School students and staff walk to school Thursday. Courtesy

Students in Carson City are invited to participate in various Walk to School Day events Wednesday, Oct. 6. Many parents, teachers and administrators plan to join students in organized walks to promote safely walking or bicycling to school.International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, it has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration each October. Today, thousands of schools across the country – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – participate every October.In conjunction with Nevada Moves Day, a statewide event held in March each year, the day celebrates the fun and benefits of walking and bicycling to school. It also encourages K-8 students, school staff and families to get physically active.
Students from Fritsch Elementary gathered at John Mankins Park with Principal Dan Brown. Courtesy

 

During International Walk to School Day and every day, drivers should watch for children walking and bicycling to school and be mindful of school zone speed reductions, as well as varying school start times. Motorists should also only pass bicyclists when it is safe with at least three feet of space between the bicycle and vehicle and never overtake a vehicle that has stopped at a crosswalk.Pedestrians and bicyclists should only cross streets when safe and always look for vehicles before and while crossing. Per state law, no U-turns or passing are allowed in active school zones or school crossing zones.For more information about Wednesday’s Walk to School Day, contact Carson City’s transportation planner and Western Nevada Safe Routes to School coordinator Kelly Norman at knorman@carson.org or 775-283-7525.
Principals and staff will meet at the following locations and walk to the school with the students. All students who walk to or at school will be recognized.
Wednesday:

Eagle Valley Middle School, 4151 E. 5th St. (7-7:40 a.m.)
Meeting place at the entrance to the basketball courts near the new dropoff zone above the school. Students who walk to school will be recognized with prizes and hot chocolate. 

Empire Elementary School, 1260 Monte Rosa
No meeting place. Students who walk to school will be recognized.

Fremont Elementary School, 1511 Firebox Road (7:45 a.m.)

Start: U.S. Post Office, 1111 S. Roop St., to the school

Start: Gas Station, 1615 E. Fifth St., to the school

Thursday:

Fritsch Elementary School, 7:45 a.m.

Start: From John Mankins Park on Oak Ridge Drive, in Silver Oak, to the school at 504 Bath St.

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