Thursday, October 03, 2013

Capitol Hill Schools To Celebrate Walk-to-School Day


Celebrate With Us the Role Walking or Biking to School Can Play in Student Health and Safety

Washington, DC- On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 7:30 a.m., students from 15 Capitol Hill schools will gather at Lincoln Park (13th & East Capitol Streets, SE) to celebrate International Walk-to-School Day and the simple act of walking or biking to school. The Walk-to-School Day event at Lincoln Park will be the largest in Washington, DC.

Fifteen Capitol Hill schools will participate: Brent Elementary, The Capitol Hill Cluster School (Peabody Early Childhood Center, Watkins Elementary, and Stuart Hobson Middle School), Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan, Eastern High School, Eliot-Hine Middle School, J.O. Wilson Elementary, Ludlow-Taylor Elementary, Maury Elementary, Miner Elementary, Payne Elementary, School-Within-School, St. Peter School, and Tyler Elementary.

Guest speakers, entertainers, and sponsors will round out the Lincoln Park Walk-to-School event:

*Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells is an annual guest speaker

* Board members of the Capital Riverfront Youth Sports Park will tell us about plans for sports parks on the RFK site

* Yoga instructor, LaShone Wilson, will get the crowd stretching and moving

* Maury cheerleaders will perform

* Snacks from Clif Bars and water bottles from DC Water

* The Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization ( is organizing the event

* The Capitol Hill Community Foundation is generously supporting the event

By 8:30 a.m., everyone will be walking or biking, caravan style, to make it to their respective schools by the time school starts at 8:45 a.m.

About Walk-to-School Day

Walk-to-School Day raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment.  The event builds connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Now in its 15th year, this one-day event in the U.S. is a part of an international effort in more than 40 countries to celebrate the many benefits of safely walking and bicycling to school and to encourage more families to consider getting out of the car and onto their feet on the way to school in October.  In 2012, Walk-to-School Day was celebrated at more than 4,000 events across the United States.

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