CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – On a day when fall-like weather finally arrived in Southern Oregon, teachers, students, parents, brothers and sisters gathered to walk or ride bikes to school. It’s part of the Annual Walk and Bike To School Day.
Students, parents, brothers and sisters, teachers and other staffers gathered at the Premier West Bank at 7:30 a.m. to walk the few blocks to Central Point Elementary School. It’s an annual event that organizers and participants say helps focus kids attention on the fun and benefits of walking or biking instead of riding in a car or bus.
“It’s a great sense of community it gives our kids. And it just really helps them understand um, the importance of walking and being healthy. so it’s an experience!” said Central Point kindergarten teacher, Tamara Curwood.
Several dozen people joined along, led by a Central Point police bicycle patrolman for safety. The same thing was played out at a number of other schools around the Rogue Valley.
For a lot of these kids, the walk to school is only the first step. International Walk To School Day is observed all over the world every October and includes bike to school day events. In some areas, the focus is to get kids to walk or ride to school for the whole month.