(Information from a Town of Davidson press release.)
The pitter-patter of little feet will be heard throughout the town when Davidson celebrates “International Walk to School Day” next Wednesday, October 4.
Davidson Elementary School, the Community School of Davidson, Lake Norman Christian School, and Davidson Green School are among those expected to participate. Students will be walking to school accompanied by parents, teachers, Davidson College students, and community leaders.
Walk to School Day seeks to raise awareness of pedestrian safety, environmental conservation, and the importance of physical activity. The event is organized by the Town of Davidson and the North Carolina Active Routes to School Project, along with the participating schools. It contributes to the town’s efforts to establish consistent walking and cycling programs as part of its emphasis on being a healthy, walking- and bicycle-friendly community.
Students who walk or bike regularly to school are encouraged to take their normal routes. All students will follow their usual means of returning home in the afternoon. Morning instruction for participating schools are:
• Davidson Elementary School students should be dropped off at the Village Green from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m., and adults will accompany them to the school via South Street.
• Davidson Elementary students may also be dropped off at the South Prong Rocky River Greenway on Avinger Lane near The Pines. Volunteer helpers will be present there from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. to assist bikers and walkers.
• Community School of Davidson families are invited to meet at Roosevelt Wilson Park from 7:30 to 7:50 a.m. to walk to school together. Physical education instructors will also facilitate pedestrian-themed activities at CSD throughout the week.
• Davidson Green School students, staff, and parents will participate in an off-campus walking activity.
• Lake Norman Christian School students should be dropped off in front of the Davidson Public Library from 7:40 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. The library parking lot will serve as a carpool lane.
Davidson Police Chief Penny Dunn said her department is eager to educate citizens on pedestrian and bicycle safety. “We’d like to see lots of children and families walking and biking to school every day.”
Associated events during October can be found at www.townofdavidson.org/dpr They include:
• Fisher Farm Family Bike Fest. Sunday, October 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
• Afterschool Kids’ Bike Clinic. Wednesday, October 18, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Register at link above)
•Tour de Trees. Saturday, October 21 (10 a.m. – Noon) – (Register at link above)
For more information on these events contact Charlene Minor at (704) 892-3349 or [email protected].
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