Walk and Roll to School Day - Wednesday, October 5, 2011
All elementary and middle schools in Elmhurst District 205 will be participating in the 2011 International Walk and Roll to School Day on Wednesday, October 5. Schools use the day for various safe walking activities, including mapping walking and biking routes, organizing walking “school buses” and holding lunchtime walks. Biking and walking to school can boost physical health, alleviate traffic congestion and improve air quality.
On September 10, 2010, Elmhurst hosted a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) seminar. Bob Hoel, chairman of the Elmhurst Bike Task Force noted that, “Safe Routes is not just a District 205 project; it is not just a City project; Safe Routes is a community project.”
In August of 2005, federal legislation established a National Safe Routes to School Program that provided $612 million towards Safe Routes to School from 2005 to 2010. Illinois has received authorization to fund up to $13 million in projects in the next grant round, nearly double what it was in 2009.
Elmhurst has been actively seeking SRTS grant money. With assistance fromPTAs, parents and teachers, District 205 may be eligible to receive about $80,000 in grants to help make the City more walk-able and bike-able.
Jackson School’s PTA received a $500 mini-grant through the Active Transportation Alliance last fall and used the funds for a Safe Routes to School/Go Green event at Jackson Elementary in October 2010. More than 4,500 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have been awarded federal funds for Safe Routes to School activities.
For more information, visit www.walktoschool.org.