Safe Routes to School and the Hike and Bike Challenge continued this fall at Strawberry Park and Soda Creek Elementary Schools. Students were encouraged to walk or ride their bikes to school every Friday, recording their efforts on classroom charts. 115 students were awarded prizes for hiking or biking to school at least five Fridays during the fall. Neighborhood residents, as well as bus riders “commuted” to school along the Butcher Knife trail, with the help of parent volunteers and Community Service Officers safeguarding passage at busy intersections.
The Hike and Bike Challenge is an effort to get more kids to participate and feel the benefits of exercise in the morning, and arrive at school alert and ready to learn. The program will re-start in the spring with the continuation of the Hike and Bike Challenge. Grand prizes will be awarded to “super commuters” who log the most days hiking or biking to school. Prizes will be awarded at the Bike Rodeo, which will be held at each elementary school at the end of the school year. The Bike Rodeos are day-long programs teaching students bicycle safety and skills and will feature fun, bike-oriented entertainment. This program is supported by many local businesses and community volunteers and is now in its 13th season.
Stay tuned to this site for further updates on Safe Routes to School events.
To volunteer at the spring Bike Rodeo, please contact Sally Cariveau at email@example.com.
To download permission slips for bus drop-off for Hike and Bike Fridays (continuing in the spring), click here: 2016 Spring Permission Form