6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301
Amy Thompson, Event Coordinator
Across the US, communities will celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Over 40 schools in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) will join in the fun by hosting Walk to School Day events at their schools. Students will be encouraged to walk or bike to school to build community, promote health, contribute to a cleaner planet and champion safer routes to school. Many BVSD children who ride the bus will also join in the fun by participating in Ride & Strides, where buses drop students off a few blocks from school, giving them the opportunity to walk to school. Kids across Boulder and Broomfield counties will get the chance to be VIPs for the day, Very Important Pedestrians, as we celebrate human-powered transportation to and from school.
The Walk to School Day festivities will feature a local twist with a host of partners providing healthy, Colorado grown and made snacks for student walkers and bicyclists. Children at dozens of BVSD schools will be greeted with Colorado-grown apples courtesy of three local sponsors. The School Food Project, which prioritizes procurement of local foods in its BVSD cafeterias, has donated apples from their farmer partners on the western slope. A grant from Boulder County Public Health will provide additional apples purchased from the Boulder Farmers’ Market vendor Ela Orchards. Community Fruit Rescue, a Boulder non profit that harvests and distributes surplus urban fruit, has also committed to providing apples for the big event. In addition to local produce, two Boulder food companies, Bobo’s and Made In Nature, have graciously donated healthy oat bars and dried fruit snacks for the event.
Eco-Cycle will partner with BVSD again this year to collect used shoes at several schools. The shoes collected will be sorted and sent to communities in need via USAgain, providing a great opportunity for kids to help keep shoes they have outgrown, or no longer need, out of landfills.
*Media are invited to cover these special events at BVSD schools!*
Wednesday, October 10 - Walk to School Day
Several schools have special events planned for Walk to School Day at various times in the morning before school:
University Hill Elementary: 7:40-8:00 a.m.
956 16th St.
Boulder, CO 80302
*Ride and Stride for bus riders at 16th & Baseline, plus walking and biking trains
Mesa Elementary: 8:10-8:25 a.m.
1575 Lehigh St.
Boulder, CO 80303
*Ride and Stride for bus riders from Bear Creek Park at 8:15 a.m.
Crest View Elementary: 7:20-7:50 a.m.
1897 Sumac Ave.
Boulder, CO 80304
*Library bike, apples from Community Fruit Rescue, ride and stride for bus riders from 19th & Violet
Sanchez Elementary: 7:40-8:00 a.m.
655 Sir Galahad Dr.
Lafayette, CO 80026
*Will have a special walking course set up on campus by the P.E. teacher.
Ryan Elementary: 7:40-8:00 a.m.
1405 Centaur Village Drive
*Jax Outdoor Gear will host a bike check station and Pedaling Minds will do helmet checks.
Fireside Elementary: 7:40-8:00 a.m.
845 Dahlia St.
Louisville, CO 80027
*Will greet walkers and bikers with local apples and coloring books
Birch Elementary School: 7:30-7:50 a.m.
1035 Birch St.
Broomfield, CO 80020
* Will greet walkers and bikers with local apples, used shoe collection
The goal of Walk to School Day is to promote safe streets and healthy kids through the practices of walking and cycling to school. Walk to School Day began in 1997 as an international event to encourage walking to school to boost healthy habits, safe streets and clean air. Enthusiasm for walking and biking to school continues to grow. Last year, over 5,500 schools participated in Walk to School Day, making it the largest celebration in its 20-year history.
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