Lincoln Elementary School recently encouraged walking to school as part of “Walk to School Week” with the help of Chautauqua County’s Community Transformation Grant (CTG). The district-wide effort included staff at all Jamestown Schools shining a spotlight on walking to school as a positive, healthy activity
Lincoln School Principal Katie Russo, school staff, parents and PTA joined community volunteers, Jamestown Police Department, and CTG to coordinate the week. Laura Bernsohn and Jeff Hollern from the Department of Development created a map of the Lincoln district showcasing safe routes to school. CTG coordinated a walking school bus system with adult volunteers walking along safe routes with students and their families. Students were also taught pedestrian safety skills during physical education classes.
“Walking to school is a great way to start the day. Students arrive energized and ready to learn, and they have fun doing it,” said Kristy Kathman, School Coordinator for CTG. “Walking also provides students and their families an opportunity to experience their neighborhood in a different way, and is a great way to get some physical activity.”
CTG funding, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will enable Chautauqua County to implement programming to reduce the burden of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. The CDC continues its long-standing dedication to improving the health and wellness of all Americans through the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) Program. CDC supports and enables awardees to design and implement community-level programs that prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.