Tomorrow is the Big Day!

Join the Wauwatosa community in celebrating Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 with children around the world! Join students in every state in walking to school tomorrow. Over 4,300 events are registered in the United States, 108 in Wisconsin, and 9 in Wauwatosa! Looking for a healthy way to start the day? Jump-start your morning by walking with your child to school! Walking your child to school is a great opportunity to help your child learn and practice safe walking skills If you’ve ever considered walking to school with your child, now’s your chance! Walking to school is a way to promote health, identify safer routes for walking and improve air quality. If you’ve ever considered walking to school with your child, now’s your...

Walk to School Day- This Wednesday

Secretary Foxx Shares Message of Support for Walk to School Day http://saferoutesinfo.org/about-us/newsroom/secretary-foxx-shares-message-support-walk-school-day In a newly released video message, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx shows his support for walking to school by encouraging communities nationwide to join the Walk to School Day celebration. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, thousands of students, parents and communities from every state will walk and bicycle to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day. To view the names and locations of registered U.S. schools participating in Walk to School Day 2015,...

Sidewalks for Center Street: November 11, 7pm- Community Development Meeting

Important City Vote Impacting Sidewalks on Center Street: November 11, 7pm. The City of Wauwatosa Community Development Committee will vote on Tuesday, November 11th whether or not they will pay for sidewalks along Center Street from 114th– 117th street.    Currently, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) will be installing sidewalks along Center Street from 111th-114th street as a part of the Zoo Interchange Project.  The City of Wauwatosa can ask the DOT to extend the sidewalk from 114th-117th.  This would improve pedestrian safety in the areas of Eisenhower, Whitman, and West. The Wauwatosa School District and Wauwatosa Safe Routes to School are urging community members to contact all the City of Wauwatosa Alderpersons to urge them to support this proposal.  This is for the SAFETY of our children.  Please consider attending the meeting at City Hall on November 11 at 7pm or sending an email to our elected...

One Week Until Walk to School Day

Wauwatosa School District to celebrate International Walk to School Day   Eight Wauwatosa School District elementary schools will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 8, from 8-8:30 a.m. Students from Eisenhower, Lincoln, Madison, McKinley, Wauwatosa Montessori, Wilson/Wauwatosa STEM, Roosevelt and Underwood elementary schools will be walking to school and participating in a variety of events, along with parents, teachers and community leaders.  Special events include: Eisenhower, 11600 W. Center St. Alderperson Allison Byrne will serve as a crossing guard.  Eisenhower will celebrate their third annual walk with walking school buses, “Chalk the Walk,” and an all-school assembly on the playground in the morning. McKinley, 2435 N. 89 St. McKinley will celebrate their fifth annual walk with nine walking school buses coming from the north, south, east and west.  The school buses will be led by guest walkers, including  Mayor Kathy Ehley, County Supervisor Jim “Luigi” Schmitt, Alderpersons Jeff Roznowski and John Dubinski, Fire Chief Rob Ugaste, Wauwatosa Public Library Children’s librarian Annie and the Tosa West High School Spartan mascot.  An all-school performance of the “Pedestrian Safety Dance” will be held at an all-school assembly. Roosevelt, 2535 N. 73 St. Alderman Bobby Pantuso will attend. Wilson/Wauwatosa STEM, 1060 Glenview Ave. Alderperson Greg Walz-Chojnacki will participate in activities. Wauwatosa Public Health Department nurses will volunteer at events at Eisenhower, Roosevelt, Wauwatosa Montessori and Wilson/Wauwatosa STEM schools.  Walkers will receive apples from a variety of community sources:  Tosa Farmer’s Market, Sodexo and Amy Standal of Fire Fly Real Estate. Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents,...

Biking, Walking Program Tips for PTOs, PTAs

March 26th, 2012 by Rose C With the arrival of spring comes the request from kids who want to either walk, skate or ride their bikes to school. For many parents, that’s a scary thing. So, this is a good opportunity for PTOs and PTAs to offer parents some help in getting their kids to school safely. Some parent groups might be interested in participating in the first National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 9. (May is also Bike Month.) Sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, this event will encourage children to ride bikes to school in a safe manner while still having fun with it. The national organization, which also sponsors International Walk to School Day, an October event, said it will provide more detailed information on National Bike to School Day in early April. So, be on the lookout for news from the National Center for Safe Routes to School, and we will post an update here as well. Another idea would be to run a bike swap program around the time of National Bike to School Day. Some groups have had big successes with these swaps and have found it is a great way to get gently used or refurbished bikes to needy kids. One parent group that is looking forward to National Bike to School Day is the PTA of the McKinley Elementary School in Wauwatosa, Wis. Getting kids to school safely is a huge issue to this community. The town suffered two recent tragedies involving students en route to school, one of which ended in a fatality. So...