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Walking Wednesdays

Hundreds of students are taking part in the Walking Wednesdays program at the Burbank School.  The ten weeks of walking in the fall began on October 8 and ended on December 10. The program will start up again in April and run through June.

There are Walking School Buses and a sneaker Trophy Contest awarded every Wednesday for the class with the most walker/bikers, with the winning classes keeping the trophy for a week.  There are also small prizes for all participants and a Burbank Walks Wall of Fame listing how many times students walked.

Special events for this included a Turkey Trot held on November 26, with more than 220 students participating, and many wearing turkey hats as they walked to school.  Upon arrival, they joined in a game of turkey tag and chalked their “footprint” feathers on a big turkey picture.  The closing day of the program held a Beach Party theme on December 10.  Undeterred by the rainy, windy day before them, 250 students, more than 75 percent of students attending Burbank school that day, braved the elements to walk.  Students were decked out in sun hats and sunglasses and danced to surfing music while playing with beach balls before lining up for school.

Walk to School Day is a national and international event, organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, with the month of October designated as Walk to School Month.  The program over the years has expanded to include bikers and a Bike to School Day in May.

Butler and Wellington schools also have active Safe Routes to School programs and Walk to School Days.  Winn Brook and Chenery schools are developing programs to promote walking and biking.  Burbank PTA Co-President Harriet Wong says PTO/PTA representatives from all the schools meet several times a year, “We meet as a Safe Routes to School Working Group to work together and with relevant town departments to promote walking and biking and student safety.”

The program in Massachusetts is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT), which helps communities organize walking and walking school buses, and also by the Massachusetts Department of Health, Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS), which promotes children to be physically active, citing the added benefit of enjoying the outdoors with friends and family, reducing traffic and improving air quality by reducing the amount of cars on the street.

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