Garden City Public Schools will join schools from around the nation to celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
Each school is planning events that will focus on walking to school, or for the students that are bused, walking at school. The events will take place at various times with students, parents, staff members, and community leaders taking part in the walks.
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.
Walk to School Day Activities include:
Alta Brown Elementary School
The school will start the day off with students and staff walking around the school building.
Abe Hubert Elementary School
There will be two locations that students and parents can meet at 7:20 a.m. for the event. They will meet at the back parking lot at Garfield Early Childhood Center and at the Horace Good Middle School parking lot in front of Clifford Hope Auditorium. Teachers and staff from the school along with Garden City Community College and GCHS athletes will be accompanying the walkers during the event.
Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center
There will be posters with health information on walking. They will be placed around the walking trail that goes around the building. All teachers will be encouraged to take their class for a morning walk and find the seven informational signs.
Florence Wilson Elementary School
The school will meet at the Presbyterian Church parking lot at 7:50 a.m. and then walk to the school.
Garfield Early Childhood Center
During music and movement the students will learn about how to safely crossing a street.
Gertrude Walker Elementary School
Staff volunteers, students, and parents can join the walk at two separate meeting points. The south route meeting place will be located at Talley Trail and 11th Street at the Gazebo and continuing on to the school at approximately 7:30 a.m. The North route meeting place will be located at Boy Scout Park on Thompson Street continuing on to Gertrude Walker Elementary along 8th street to Fair Street at approximately 7:30 a.m.
Jennie Barker Elementary School
The school will have a presentation on the Kids Heart Challenge at 8:15 a.m. that the school will be participating in. The school has invited parents and staff to walk around the trail at the school at 8:30 a.m. to kick-off the day.
Jennie Wilson Elementary School
The school staff will award walkers and bikers with tokens for students that participate in walking to school. The staff will be assisting students in walking to school from various locations around the neighborhood.