Thursday May 01, 2014
Start your day with a brisk walk to school along with a group of local school children as part of the second annual Vermont Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day on May 7, 2014. Chamberlin Elementary school will take part by holding a walk/bike to school event in South Burlington and connecting kids with older residents.
“This event really took off last year and we are hoping to build on it this year,” said Abby Mattera of the Vermont Safe Routes to School Resource Center. “It’s a way to enhance fitness through physical activity, reduce automobile emissions and make the streets safer by relieving traffic congestion. It really brings the community together!”
Chamberlin School Principal Holly Rouelle says, “Please join us on May 7 for the 3rd annual Vermont Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day at Chamberlin School! This year, the VT Safe Routes to School Resource Center is partnering with the VT Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (VTAHPERD) and AARP to encourage walkers of all ages. We are hoping that families who live close enough to school will leave their vehicles at home and walk or bike directly to school. Bikes can be stored on the bike rack on the side of the school by the playground, or on the bike rack in front of the school. Students riding the bus will be dropped off at Jaycee Park to walk to school. Mr. Provost will lead a bike group leaving the mailboxes at Derby Circle at 7:25 am, or meeting at the corner of Rte. 116 and Hayes Ave. at 7:30 am. Mrs. Soules will be meeting walkers and bikers at 7:30 am at the intersection of Valley Ridge Road and Patchen Road and proceeding to Chamberlin. School’s In students and drop off students will be walking a course on the playground. The VT Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day will provide the opportunity to bring the community together to celebrate active transportation and healthy lifestyle choices.”
The event can also help initiate conversations with our community about how walking and biking can enhance our health by increasing the amount of physical activity, improve air quality by reducing automobile emissions in our school zone and make the streets safer by relieving traffic congestion.