WALK­ING THE WALK

In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day has stu­dents hoof­ing it to class

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS -

Stu­dents all over the world walked to school dur­ing In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day Oct. 4, and here in Pottstown, they were walk­ing all over town.

About 1,500 stu­dents in to­tal from all dis­trict school build­ings walked to school, ac­cord­ing to John Ar­mato, the dis­trict’s com­mu­nity re­la­tions direc­tor.

The stu­dents gath­ered at pre-de­ter­mined meet­ing spots and en­joyed a walk to­gether be­fore the start of the school day.

This day was also the start of this year’s Walk­ing School Bus pro­gram at Ru­pert El­e­men­tary School, which pro­motes healthy be­hav­iors for young peo­ple and takes ad­van­tage of vol­un­teers from the com­mu­nity to ac­com­pany the chil­dren.

“The Walk­ing School Bus gives stu­dents a chance to have good so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in the morn­ing” said Shelby Iezzi, the dis­trict well­ness co­or­di­na­tor.

There are 2 routes this year, pink and or­ange, and the stu­dents walk ap­prox­i­mately 1.5 miles.

Ac­cord­ing to the national or­ga­ni­za­tion Walk & Bike to School, In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day “high­lights the ben­e­fits of walk­ing and the pri­or­ity for safety, of­fer­ing com­mu­ni­ties and elected of­fi­cials a chance to high­light the im­por­tance of safe op­tions for walk­ing or bik­ing for the trip to school and be­yond.”

Safety was a pri­or­ity in Pottstown School Dis­trict; po­lice of­fi­cers from the Pottstown Po­lice Depart­ment and teach­ers ac­com­pa­nied the stu­dents on their walk, and cross­ing guards were on duty as al­ways.

On a re­lated note, the school dis­trict is par­tic­i­pat­ing in Pottstown Bor­ough’s Walk and Bike Pottstown ini­tia­tive. Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephen Ro­driguez has been ac­tively pro­mot­ing our bike-able dis­trict in videos that can be found on Pottstown School Dis­trict’s Face­book page and YouTube chan­nel.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE POTTSTOWN SCHOOL DIS­TRICT

Pottstown Mid­dle School stu­dents stop for a photo at Wil­son and North Char­lotte streets on their way to school for In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE POTTSTOWN SCHOOL DIS­TRICT

Barth El­e­men­tary School stu­dents make their way down West King Street for In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE POTTSTOWN SCHOOL DIS­TRICT

The bit of fog that hugged the ground Wednesday morn­ing did not stop stu­dents from find­ing their way to Barth El­e­men­tary School for In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF POTTSTOWN SCHOOL DIS­TRICT

Wednesday was In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day, as well as the first day of Ru­pert El­e­men­tary School’s Walk­ing School Bus.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF POTTSTOWN SCHOOL DIS­TRICT

Stu­dents on one of Ru­pert El­e­men­tary School’s Walk­ing School Bus routes pause for a rest in front of Good­will fire Com­pany on High Street Wednesday dur­ing In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day.

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