The Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago in 1997, and it has grown into an international event. Lee’s Summit participated in this year’s exercise on Oct. 8.
Students at Meadow Lane, Westview, Longview Farm, Voy Spears and Chapel Lakes elementary schools celebrated this event by walking to school.
Longview Farm Elementary had the largest turnout with 400 participants.
“The parents enjoy the walk because it allows them to spend time with their child but still allows them to return home and be at work on time. Kids love it because it is an alternative for them to get to school,” said Ryan Rostine, principal at Longview Farm Elementary.
The teachers and staff at Longview Farm Elementary helped making the event a success by encouraging participation and even participating themselves. Rostine said.
“We look forward to the walk each year because it allows us to spend time together as a school community and gives us great exercise.”
Mark your calendars for 2015 Walk and Bike to School Day. If your school is not involved, you can contact the school about future participation or consult the Livable Streets Advisory Board for ideas to make your event a success.
Molly Wichman is a Lee’s Summit resident and member of the Livable Streets Advisory Board, a volunteer city board with goals including making Lee’s Summit streets more “livable,” safe and accessible.