Pierre, S.D., is a rural town with approximately 13,000 residents. One of its local elementary schools, Jefferson Elementary School, has more than 400 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. In 2003, the Jefferson Elementary Parent and Teachers Association (PTA) wanted to implement a program designed to encourage healthy behavior in the students. The PTA decided that yearly Walk to School Day events would be the best encouragement program for the students.
I remember when I was a kid, all my friends and I wanted to do after school was run around outside until dinner. And even then, we didn't really want to come inside. But now, with video games, the internet, and entire TV networks geared toward kids, there's a lot more competition for our children's free time. And as we've seen more and more, when kids aren't moving, when they're not active, they're less likely to grow up healthy — and it's a significant factor in our country's building epidemic of childhood obesity.
LaHood, State DOTs Participate in International Walk to School Day
AASHTO Journal — 10/08/2010
Walking the Walk
Columbus Dispatch, OH — 10/7/2010
Walking to School Promotes Awareness
Charlotte Observer, NC — 10/7/2010
Congratulations to all 1,926 families who participated in the Green Works Walk to School Challenge!
The following five schools earned the most Green Footprints, based on overall program participation, and each won a $5,000 Green Grant from Green Works for their school: