Stu­dents hit the streets for Walk to School Day

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Evan Brandt [email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @PottstownNews on Twit­ter

POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown stu­dents hit the streets Oct. 10 for In­ter­na­tional Walk and Bike to School Day.

Be­cause of the bor­ough’s com­pact size, nearly all stu­dents live within a mile of their el­e­men­tary school so Pottstown prides it­self on be­ing a “walk­ing school dis­trict,” although the ad­di­tion of bike lanes in town re­cently as part of a Safe Routes to School grant has also made bik­ing to school safer as well.

At Ru­pert El­e­men­tary School, whose stu­dents have some of the longer walk­ing dis­tances, some­thing called The Walk­ing School Bus has been es­tab­lished.

Par­ents and com­mu­nity vol­un­teers meet stu­dents at cer­tain “stops” on a pre-ar­ranged route and ac­com­pany them to school ev­ery morn­ing.

“We al­ready have es­tab­lished

routes that are avail­able to par­ents on our web­site. Our Walk­ing School Bus Routes are es­tab­lished by our Well­ness Co­or­di­na­tor, Shelby Iezzi. She de­vel­ops these and gives them to the vol­un­teers,” Ru­pert Prin­ci­pal Matthew Moyer re­cently told a re­porter for WKYW News­ra­dio.

“The school pub­li­cizes this with par­ents and stu­dents, through so­cial me­dia and other means. The vol­un­teers for our Walk­ing School Bus are all com­mu­nity mem­bers,” said Moyer.

“Walk­ing isn’t al­ways seen as a way to en­gage with oth­ers. But, it is a great way to spend time with chil­dren and build re­la­tion­ships,” Moyer said.

On Oct. 10, Ru­pert had 106 stu­dents walk to school, rep­re­sent­ing 28 per­cent of the to­tal stu­dent body.

EMILY OVERDORF — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Shavaeh Dixon was among the many stu­dents who walked to Pottstown’s Franklin El­e­men­tary School on In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Sec­ond-grade teacher Heather Kurtz with some of her stu­dents pre­par­ing to leave Me­mo­rial Park on their way to Lin­coln El­e­men­tary School for In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day.

JAIME STRINGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Barth El­e­men­tary stu­dents are es­corted to class on In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day Oct. 10 by teach­ers Kathryn Ea­gle, Ann Marie MdDon­nell, Jonna Wail­liams and Ann Marie Fad­den.

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