Maine kids to join International Walk to School Day

Posted Oct. 05, 2009, at 2:36 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:56 a.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Pupils from the Charles C. Knowlton School and the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School will join youngsters from around Maine and the world Tuesday for the International Walk to School Day.

School buses will drop pupils off at designated spots and will walk to their schools. Teachers, parents, community leaders and student volunteers from Ellsworth High School will walk with the children. The Ellsworth Police Department will provide crossing guards.

The Walk to School event encourages creation of safer routes for walking and bicycling and raises awareness about issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, the environment and building connections between families, schools and the community.

The event is a part of Maine’s Safe Routes to School program, managed by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine under contract to the Maine Department of Transportation, according to a press release from the Coalition.

Other Maine schools participating in the event include Pittsfield, Vinalhaven, Houlton, Woodstock, Howland, Winslow, South China, Vassalboro, Gardiner, Hallowell, Cape Elizabeth, North Berwick, Portland, South Portland, Andover, Biddeford, Brunswick, Falmouth, Pittston and York.

This year’s event is expected to include as many as 5,000 schools in all 50 states, as well as children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

Regional coordinators for the Safe Routes to School program are Darcy Whittemore in central Maine at saferoutes@BikeMaine.org and Sarah Cushman in southern Maine at sarah@sarahcushman.com. For information or details about Tuesday’s events, e-mail them or call 623-4511.

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