I remember when I was a kid, all my friends and I wanted to do after school was run around outside until dinner. And even then, we didn't really want to come inside. But now, with video games, the internet, and entire TV networks geared toward kids, there's a lot more competition for our children's free time. And as we've seen more and more, when kids aren't moving, when they're not active, they're less likely to grow up healthy — and it's a significant factor in our country's building epidemic of childhood obesity.
LaHood, State DOTs Participate in International Walk to School Day
AASHTO Journal — 10/08/2010
Walking the Walk
Columbus Dispatch, OH — 10/7/2010
Walking to School Promotes Awareness
Charlotte Observer, NC — 10/7/2010
Congratulations to all 1,926 families who participated in the Green Works Walk to School Challenge!
The following five schools earned the most Green Footprints, based on overall program participation, and each won a $5,000 Green Grant from Green Works for their school:
Roger E. Sides Elementary School (R.E.S.) received a $1,000 SRTS mini grant from the National Center to support the school's ongoing efforts to increase safe walking and bicycling to school. We caught up with Joe Bishop, an R.E.S. fifth grade science teacher, to learn more about their Bike Club and to hear about some of its successes.
The following is a brief compilation of Safe Routes to School-related news stories from across the country. Web links to the following news stories are time sensitive, so some stories may not be accessible after the initial publication date or may require registration.
Representative Eric Swafford Announces 'Safe Routes to School' Grant for Crossville
Crossville Chronicle, TN ─ 6/24/2010