Roxboro takes part in walk or bike to school day
One of the many Roxboro Elementary School families who biked to school on Oct. 3. Photo courtesy CH-UH City School District.
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Roxboro Elementary School was one of seven CH-UH district schools that participated in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 3 by walking or riding their bicycles to school on that day. PTA members and school staff greeted participants and cheered them on.
This is the first year that Roxboro participated in the event. “I anticipated more participants,” said Rosemary Rackl-Pierce, PTA co-president. “But at the same time, there certainly were more bikers than usual. The bike rack was full!”
The Roxboro PTA worked with Principal Tara Grove to create activities that promote healthy active lifestyles each day of the week. On Monday, students were encouraged to walk or bike around their neighborhood for 20 minutes. On Tuesday, students were to review walking and biking safety tips with their parents. On Wednesday, students had the option of walking or biking to school or taking an organized walk at lunch time. On Thursday (tonight), students are asked to create a poster highlighting pedestrian or bicycle safety, and on Friday, students will watch a video of First Lady Michelle Obama talking to students about the importance of being active and then participate in an activity, such as yoga or dance, in their classrooms.
Students who participate in all five days of activities and bring in a form signed by a parent will receive a healthy treat on Friday. Rackl-Piece added that she would encourage Roxboro to participate in the event next year.
Other district schools that participated were Boulevard, Canterbury, Fairfax, Noble and Gearity Elementary and Roxboro Intermediate schools.
See photos of the Roxboro kids in our photo gallery.
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Deanna Bremer Fisher is executive director of FutureHeights and publisher of the Heights Observer.