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Several San Juan Unified schools participate in Walk to School Day

Students walking to school with Walk to School Day banner National Walk to School Day took place on Oct 2 and three San Juan Unified schools, Mariemont Elementary, Mission Avenue Open Elementary and Will Rogers Middle School, participated. Each school was free to make the event their own, giving it a new name, Walk and Roll Week.

The event at Mariemont Elementary was organized by Courtney Comstock, the school’s PTA board member in charge of community outreach. The Walk to School event promoted both walking and biking and was linked with the school’s PTA-sponsored Wellness Wednesday program. Once students walked or biked to school with their families, they were able to pick a drink and snack item. 

“We had a large turnout of students and families,” said Comstock. “I thought all went pretty smoothly.”

At Mission Avenue Open, the Walk to School event was organized by the school’s PTA. Families met at Mission North Park at 7:30 a.m. and were escorted to the school by North Area CHP. Parents and children walked, biked and scootered with CHP officers securing each intersection. Students received a Walk and Bike to School sticker and were served refreshments in Buddy Plaza once they arrived to school.

At Will Rogers Middle School, a group walked from the traffic signal on Dewey Drive onto the school campus. Students received a stamp and a small participation incentive and gathered at the school’s traffic garden where the company Ground Control Systems demonstrated its new scooter rack. Guests at the school toured the CTE bicycle and small engine class where students rebuild old bikes for donation to students in need.

“Will Rogers emphasizes physical activity and student leadership, which has led to these walking and biking events, the Future Forward traffic garden, CTE Power Bike rebuilding class, Club Live service projects and the Trek bicycling research project,” said Dan Allison, San Juan Unified’s Safe Routes to School coordinator. “With the support of staff, it all comes together for students’ health and learning.”  

This was the 23rd annual National Walk to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools. Students, parents, school officials and local leaders across the nation participated in order to highlight the importance of safety, healthy living and quality of life for communities.

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