Jefferson Middle School Physical Education teachers Paul Mammoser, Nancy Feenstra and Franni Carlson recently celebrated “Walk and Roll to School Day” with 49 other states and 36 countries to encourage a more walkable world. The teachers met students at three locations and walked or rode bikes to Jefferson. The teachers have participated in the walk for a few years and this year had the most participants of any year so far.
Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by Partnership for a Walkable America, a national alliance of public and private organizations committed to making walking safe, easier, and more enjoyable. By 2004, nearly 3 million walkers worldwide celebrated the 7th annual International Walk to School Day. While walking and bicycling to school was commonplace just a generation ago, traffic jams around schools are now the norm. By being driven to school in cars, our students are losing an opportunity for regular physical activity that is good for their health, good four our environment and good for our community. On Walk and Roll to School Day, students have a special opportunity to celebrate the joy of walking and biking with parents, teachers, and communities members.