Mark your calendars! This Wednesday, October 5th is Walk to School Day! Boston Public Schools, along with the City of Boston and other community partners, are working to make walking to school safer and more fun. As part of its Kohl’s Healthy Family Fun program, Boston Children’s Hospital supports Boston Public Schools in its commitment to the health and wellness of its students.
Boston Walk to School Day is the launch of a larger citywide initiative, Safe Routes to School Boston (SRTS Boston). SRTS Boston aims to promote walking to school and to support and rally neighborhoods and the community to work toward making walking to school safe, popular, and fun! Boston is one of dozens of cities adopting the national program to increase safety and promote walking and other kinds of active transportation to school – including biking, “rolling” (skateboarding and rollerblading), and taking the MBTA.
Walking to school has many benefits for your children and the community. The first is increased physical activity; it’s one of the easiest ways to meet the recommended daily amount of activity for children. Kids who walk to school come to the classroom more alert in the morning and ready to learn. Walking also teaches kids to be more independent and learn important life skills, like how to navigate their neighborhoods. And walking can also be fun and build community—kids can walk with friends, and walking can help everyone get to know their neighbors.
To help you and your kids walk to school on October 5th, many schools are joining the effort and hosting activities to support Walk to School Day. These activities range from encouraging parents to walk with students, to “parking and walking,” or having buses stop at different locations so all students can walk. Find out if your school is participating and how you can get involved!
Everyone can support SRTS Boston by modeling safe walking behaviors and reporting needed repairs and improvements to BOS:311. To learn more about Safe Routes to School Boston and other ways BPS families can participate, visit the Boston Public Schools’ Safe Routes to School Boston website.