Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: School SRTS Program

Introduction

Cleveland Elementary School is located in urban Oklahoma City, OK. The kindergarten through fifth grade school has more than 300 students. Wanting to increase the amount of physical activity among the students, school staff and community leaders organized an event in fall 2007 to encourage walking and bicycling to school.

Activities

On Oct. 3, 2007, the school held its first annual Walk to School Day. This event was in conjunction with International Walk to School Day, a day on which schools around the world promote the benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Teachers, community leaders, parents and the principal worked together to ensure Walk to School Day’s success. The event was coordinated through the Parent Teachers Association, which positioned teachers, community leaders and parents at both of the starting points before walking with the students to school. The firemen and policemen were coordinated through Oklahoma City. Before the event began, students made signs to carry during the walk. A city council member, firemen from the Oklahoma City Fire Department and a local newspaper recognized and publicized the event.

Milestones

More than 200 students and adults participated in Walk to School Day. Also, parents and community members had the chance to be involved with the school. Although this year’s Walk to School Day took place without any funding from outside grants, the school staff and volunteers hope to use this event to secure future grants, which will go toward funding upcoming Walk to School Days, improving sidewalks and implementing a safety education program.

Contact

Mary Coughlin
Cleveland Elementary School
2725 N 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Email: jmcoughlin@okcps.org
Phone: (405) 945-1150