Walking to school first step in keeping active

May 7, 2012 by  

Fall River boasted the largest turnout of students in the state recently during Massachusetts Walk and Bicycle to School Day sponsored by Partners for a Healthier Community. The one-day event took place the first Wednesday in May.

Approximately 5,000 students from Fall River public schools, from kindergarten to 8th Grade, put on their sneakers and hopped on their bikes to participate in the initiative to walk to school rather than be driven by parents.

Those elementary and middle schools that were not able to hold events or whose students arrive on the bus provided students with a healthy start to the day indoors by walking laps in the gym or outdoors around school grounds.

Students throughout Fall River were also encouraged to join walking students with their bicycles, some riding with bike helmets donated by the Fall River Police Department as part of an earlier initiative to increase awareness of bicycle safety. The importance of bike helmets and other safety information can be circulated through schools by brochure printing and sending information home with parents.

Plans are under way for a fun-filled family Bike Safety Day to be held May 20 at Kennedy Park in Fall River. Children will be offered a workshop in how to change out a flat tire and police are organizing a bike rodeo in which children will further learn how to manoeuvre a two-wheeler safely.

Not only will walking and biking to school reduce traffic congestion around schools, it will help kids arrive at school more alert and ready to hit the books.