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International Walk to School Day 2018



October 3, 2018 (Moscow, Idaho) —  Eight schools in Moscow plan to join thousands of school age children around the world to participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday October 10th 2018. Participating schools include: A. B. McDonald Elementary, J. Russell Elementary, Lena Whitmore Elementary, Moscow Charter School, Moscow Middle School, Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning, St. Mary’s Catholic School, and West Park Elementary. 

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities all around the world walking and biking to school on the same day to raise awareness for a safe routes school for every student and the importance of physical activity.

Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert will lead the Russell Elementary Walking School Bus from Friendship Square. Parents and guardians can drop off their students between 7:45 and 7:55 with a departure time at 8:00 am.  The Mayor will also join other schools in weekly events throughout October to continue promoting walk-to-school activities as part of the High Five! Mayor's Walking Challenge.

Events for International Walk to School Day on October 10, 2018 include:
  • West Park Elementary Walking School Bus will depart from the U of I Rec Center parking lot. Parents and guardians can drop off their students between 7:45 and 7:55 with a departure time at 8:00 am.  Walking in a group with supervising adults is called a Walking School Bus. All Walking School Buses will be assisted by school personnel and parent volunteers to facilitate safety and on time arrival to school. Parents and guardians are welcome to join a Walking School Bus with their student.
  • McDonald Elementary will offer an alternate drop off location for students on Eisenhower Street just past the bridge and before the entrance to Good Samaritan Village. Volunteers will assist students from 7:40 till the school bell rings at 8:18 am.
  • Students who live too far, or are unable to walk all the way to school can participate by getting dropped off a few blocks away from their school and walking the rest of the way. University of Idaho students will be at each school to host a Walk AT School event, where students dropped off by car or bus can participate by walking around the school grounds before class begins.
  • Park-and-Walk locations are assigned near each school for children who want to walk but may live too far away.  To see a map of recommended walking routes to your school, and Park-and-Walk locations, visit www.SR2Smoscow.com/maps and click on your school for printable and interactive maps.  
The Moscow Safe Routes to School program is based in the Movement Sciences Department, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Idaho. For additional information, please contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Erin Bacon at 509.432.4787 or via email at ebacon@uidaho.edu.

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Story Contact: Erin Bacon, Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Phone: 509.432.4787
Email: ebacon@uidaho.edu
 
For additional information, please visit these websites:
 
Moscow Safe Routes to School
www.SR2Smoscow.com 

Walk to School Day in the USA                                  
www.walkbiketoschool.org

National Center for Safe Routes to School           
www.saferoutesinfo.org 



City of Moscow

206 E Third Street
Moscow, ID 83843
Contact: Gary J. Riedner, City Supervisor
Phone - 208.883.7006
Email - griedner@ci.moscow.id.us
Website - www.ci.moscow.id.us

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