PC Funds 50 Virginia Elementary Schools for Virginia Walk to School Day

October 3, 2012 |
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Prevention Connections is funding 50 Walk to School Day celebrations at schools across Virginia on Wednesday Oct. 3. State and local officials will join more than 100 children to walk to Richmond’s Linwood Holton Elementary. The walk will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Once Upon A Vine at 4009 MacArthur Ave.

Funded by grants from Prevention Connections, the Virginia Walk to School Day events aim to promote increased physical activity among schoolchildren, as well as create sustainable changes to support yearlong walking and biking to school. More than 4,000 International Walk to School Day events will be held at schools across the United States on Oct. 3, as well as in 40 other nations.

“We hope this event will inspire communities across Virginia to participate in the national Safe Routes to School program,” says Cathleen Grzesiek, chair of Prevention Connections. “The number of children who walk and bike to school has decreased by 73 percent over the last 40 years, and we need to turn that around.”

As of 2009, 13 percent of children ages 5 to 14 walked or bicycled to school, compared to 48 percent of students in 1969, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS).

Participating schools

Charlottesville
Venable Elementary

Fairfax
Lees Corner Elementary, Brookfield Elementary, and Woodley Hills Elementary
1 additional schools to be determined

Galax
Galax Elementary, Galax Middle
1 additional school to be determined

Harrisonburg
Thomas Harrison Middle School, Spotswood Elementary School, Stone Spring Elementary School, John C. Meyers Elementary School, Ottobine Elementary School, Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Cub Run Elementary School, Skyline Middle School

King George
3 schools to be determined

Lynchburg
TC Miller Elementary, Perrymont Elementary, R. S. Payne Elementary, Linkhorne Elementary, Dearington Elementary, Bass Elementary, Paul Munro Elementary

Madison
Madison Primary School

Martinsville-Henry County
Mount Olivet Elementary School

Richmond
Carver Elementary, Cary Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, Fox Elementary, George Mason Elementary, Greene Elementary, Linwood Holton Elementary, Miles Jones Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, Reid Elementary, Stuart Elementary,

Suffolk
Booker T. Washington Elementary, Driver Elementary, Northern Shores Elementary, Kilby Shores Elementary, Hillpoint Elementary, Creekside Elementary, John Yeates Middle School

Abingdon
Meadowview Elementary School

Waynesboro
Berkeley Glenn Elementary, Kate Collins Elementary, Wenonah Elementary, William Perry Elementary Scho

Walk to School Day at Crestview Elementary

October 4, 2011 |
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First Lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell will celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday Oct. 5 with more than 350 children from Crestview Elementary School in Henrico County. Mrs. McDonnell and the children will be joined by Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources Dr. Bill Hazel,

Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton, State Health Commissioner Dr. Karen Remley, and the J.R. Tucker High School marching band on their half-mile walk from Christ United Methodist Church to Crestview Elementary beginning at 7:50 a.m.

Funded by a grant from Richmond-based nonprofit Prevention Connections, the Walk to School Day event aims to promote increased physical activity among schoolchildren. “We hope this event will inspire communities across Virginia to participate in the national Safe Routes to School program,” says Danny Saggese, chairman of Prevention Connections. “The number of children who walk and bike to school has decreased by 73 percent over the last 40 years, and we need to turn that around.”

As of 2009, 13 percent of children ages 5 to 14 walked or bicycled to school, compared to 48 percent of students in 1969, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) 2009 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS).

Held in connection with Virginia’s second annual Weight of the State childhood obesity prevention conference, 40 other elementary and middle schools throughout the commonwealth will also be observing International Walk to School Day .

Following the walk to school, Crestview Elementary will hold student activities throughout the day emphasizing good nutrition and physical activity. “As part of our school’s Continuous Improvement Plan, one of our goals for the year is to promote healthy life choices, which in turn improves student academic achievement. In the past, we have found that students who participate in physical activity return to the classroom more focused and ready to learn,” says Crestview Principal Karen Rawlyk.