Hundreds of Maine children will walk or bike to school with family members, school staff and volunteers this week in celebration of International Walk to School Week. Organized events are planned at schools across the state on Walk to School Day, Oct. 6, and during the rest of the week, and some schools will continue holding events throughout the fall.
Parents, teachers and volunteers have organized events such as “walking school buses” (children walking under adult supervision) and “bike trains” (groups bicycling under adult supervision). Participating schools are located from North Berwick to Fort Kent and Ellsworth to Greenville.
Funded by the federal government, the Safe Routes to School program helps to address Maine’s high childhood obesity rate by encouraging more healthful lifestyles.
The program has three regional coordinators: Sarah Cushman (firstname.lastname@example.org) in southern Maine; Darcy Whittemore (saferoutes@BikeMaine.org) in central Maine; and Jim Fisher (email@example.com) in eastern Maine. For more information or details about the Oct. 6 events, e-mail them or call 623-4511.
Walk and bike to school events are planned in these Bangor Daily News readership areas:
• Cutler, Bay Ridge Elementary: walk or ride to school days the week of Oct. 4.
• Eagle Lake Elementary School: walk and bike to school event Oct. 6.
• Ellsworth Elementary and Middle schools: walk and bike to school day Oct. 6.
• Fort Kent Elementary and Community High schools: walk and bike to school event Oct. 6.
• Greenville, Nickerson Elementary School: walk and bike to school all week.
• Hampden, Weatherbee and McGraw schools: walking school bus all week.
• Howland, Hichborn Middle School: 1-mile run at school, Oct. 8.
• Northeast Harbor, Mount Desert Elementary School: Walk to School day Oct. 6.
• St. Francis Elementary School: walk and bike to school Oct. 6.
• Vinalhaven Elementary School: walk and bike to school all week.
• Wallagrass Elementary School: walk and bike to school Oct. 6.
• Winslow Elementary School: walk at school event Oct. 6.