10/4/2017 is Walk to School Day

posted Sep 21, 2017, 6:14 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 3:29 PM ]

Wilson school students walking to school
Bartlesville Public School District students at most BPSD sites are encouraged to walk or bike to school on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. The annual Walk to School Day involves all six elementary schools and both Central and Madison middle schools. 

The international event is observed in more than 40 countries. It is an effort to raise awareness of the need for safe walking and biking facilities and to encourage students to take steps toward leading a healthier lifestyle.
Each student who walks or bikes to school that day will receive a prize/treat to acknowledge their participation in the program, as long as supplies last.

During a meeting Monday, the Bartlesville City Council issued a proclamation observing Walk to School Day.
"More than 2,500 local students participate in Walk to School Day every year," said City Grants Administrator Nancy Warring. "This event gives parents a chance to teach safe walking skills to their children. Plus it's good for the environment, and it reduces traffic congestion, pollution and speed near the schools."

"Parents are encouraged to walk with their children, park and walk from a remote location, or organize a walking school bus," Warring said. "For families who live too far away to walk or bike to school, parents are encouraged to drop their students off a few blocks from their school so they can participate."
Walk to School Day was first held communitywide in Bartlesville in 2009, thanks to a grant awarded by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to the City of Bartlesville to help facilitate the event.

Volunteers and other program supporters will be posted at each participating BPSD site to greet students who walk or bike to school, including some area elected officials and local police officers and firefighters.
For more information about Walk to School Day, see www.cityofbartlesville.org. To volunteer for the local event, contact Kerry Ickleberry, BPS Safe Schools coordinator:

Kerry IckleberryMs. Kerry Ickleberry
Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator
Bartlesville High School
918-336-3311 ext. 1196

Walk to School Day Proclamation
Bartlesville Mayor Dale Copeland presents the Walk to School Day proclamation to city grants administrator Nancy Warring, district safety coordinator Kerry Ickleberry, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School counselor Karen Salge, and Wayside Elementary School principal Ken Copeland.