On Wednesday, Oct. 9, school children throughout Belmont and Redwood Shores will rise a bit earlier, eat a hearty breakfast, strap on the backpacks and lace up their sneakers for a good old fashioned walk (or bike ride) to school.
Tomorrow, San Mateo County families, teachers and communities will join more than 5,000 schools nationwide, and 40 countries worldwide to walk, skateboard and bike to school in celebration of International Walk to School Day.
In the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD), all seven schools will participate in International Walk to School Day.
According to Mindy Shelton, Safe Routes to School Coordinator for BRSSD, walking and biking is important to our school for a few reasons.
- It’s great exercise for our students. We strive to create a healthy environment for our students. We teach nutrition and health education, PE, etc. and it is important for students to have at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity. Also studies show that getting some exercise before school helps students be more alert and on task during class.
- More walking and biking means less cars on campus which makes it safer for everyone
- Walking and biking is also great for the environment and helps reduce our carbon footprint.
For additional information, visit these Web sites:
- Redwood Shores Elementary School
- San Mateo County Office of Education
- International Walk to School in the USA
- National Center for Safe Routes to School
- International Walk to School
Are your kids planning on walking or riding their bikes to school on Wednesday? Send us your photos and we'll post them tomorrow on Belmont and Redwood City Patch!