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, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the United States. Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the United States include America Walks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environ-mental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.