Harrington Park School promotes a Walk/Bike to School Day twice a year, in October and in April. Today turned out to have perfect weather for walking or biking- 60’s, a bit overcast—and sunny later in the day. Many HP students walked or rode their bikes to school and were greeted by smiling members of the Green Club, who were waiting to stamp the hands of participants. The crossing guards noted that there were more people walking (or biking or razor scooting) than usual. Parents commented that the drop off car line did not back up onto Harriot and that there were more bikes in the bike racks than usual.
Ms. O’Brien’s 3rd grade class “won” the Walk/Bike challenge: all 16 students (100%) walked or biked to school and the class was rewarded with ice pops!
Since 1997, communities around the U.S. have been celebrating Walk to School Day. According to the Walk to School Web site (www.walktoschool.org), communities are using the walk or bike to school event as the first step to change community culture and to create environments that are more inviting for everyone, young and old. In 2006, world-wide interest led the International Walk to School Committee to establish International Walk to School Month – countries pick a day, week or use the entire month of October to promote walking to school. Around the globe, International Walk to School Month brings together more than 40 countries in recognition of the common interest in walking to school!
This touching memorial honors well-loved crossing guard Harold Mulligan!