National Walk to School Day-Wednesday, October 4.

Howard Elementary School will be participating in the National Walk to School day event on October 4, 2017. This is a great way to promote healthy habits while enjoying quality family time and making new community connections! Please consider walking to school with your children on October 4!

Parents, or a designated adult who has agreed to take responsibility, must walk with their children. None of our parent volunteers who are leading the walk will be taking responsibility for any children but their own. You must provide supervision for your own children for this event.
This is completely a volunteer activity, so you have the following options on October 4:
• Parents may choose not to participate, and therefore may transport their child to school as they would every day.
• Parents may organize their own walk to school group from their homes with parents leading the way or just walk with their own children from home. Students will hold up their signs to show that they are participating in this event.
• Parents may also join in by walking along with our students and your own children from one of four gathering points:

Short walking options: Meet at 8:10 begin walking at 8:15
1. The North East corner of Mildred and Hollander (York Park). We are encouraging our lower elementary (grades k-2) students to walk from this gathering place along with their parents, but students from all grades may choose this option with their parents. There will be a “Walking School Bus” where some children will be holding pieces of cardboard decorated as parts of a school bus when they are assembled together creates a “Walking School Bus”. This is being organized by 1st grade parents who will coordinate the arrival of all of the bus pieces. Other students can walk behind the walking school bus. Students will hold up their signs to show that they are participating in this event.

The route to school from this location will be from the North East corner of Mildred and Hollander and will proceed East on Hollander to the Corner of Hollander and N. York, and then North on N. York to the front of the school. Students will hold up their signs to show that they are participating in this event.

2. The basketball court at the corner of Mildred and Edward Streets. This will be the second location that we will encourage parents of lower elementary students to walk (Howard students of all ages are welcomed with parents). We will have a second “Walking School Bus” where some children will be holding pieces of cardboard decorated as parts of a school bus when they are assembled together creates a “Walking School Bus”. This is being organized by 1st grade parents who will coordinate the arrival of all of the bus pieces. Other students can walk behind the walking school bus. Students will hold up their signs to show that they are participating in this event.

The route for this location will be to proceed North on Mildred, then East on Lawrence, and South on N. York to the front of the school.

Longer walking options: (Meet at 8:10, begin walking at 8:15)

3. Corner of Wilson and Sussex near the Little Caesar’s Pizza. We will have parents who volunteer to lead the kids to school from this location, but all parents are welcome to join in and walk with their children. Children will hold their signs up to show that they are participating. The route from this location will be to proceed West on Wilson, then North on N. Martha, then West on Edward to the front of the school.
4. Corner of Doxtator and N. Martha. We will also have parents who volunteer to lead the kids to school from this location, but all parents are welcome to join in and walk with their children. Children will hold their signs up to show that they are participating. The route from this location will proceed South on N. Martha, then West on Edward Street to the front of the school.
It is your responsibility as a parent to ensure that your child gets to school safely, or you must provide a responsible adult to walk to school with your child for this event. We are simply encouraging more families to walk to school as part of the National Walk to School Day and to promote healthy habits.
We have volunteer parents to lead the activity, but they are not taking responsibility to get your child to school. Please take the time to walk with your child to school on National Walk to School Day. This can be a wonderful bonding opportunity for you and your family, and the Howard Learning Community!

Sincerely,

Daniel Blessing, Ed.S
Principal, Howard Elementary School

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