Walk to School Week is Oct 7th - 11th 2019
Walk to School Week brings parents, teachers, children, and community leaders together to focus on the importance of physical activity, safety and walkable communities. Walk to School Week events encourage kids and parents to think of walking as an active, safe and healthy means of transportation.
If you live too far to walk or wheel to school, or have limited routes for walking/wheeling, consider driving part of the way, park, then walk or wheel the rest of the way.
New this Year - The Walking School Bus
Take the walking school bus to school! Every morning of the week, a Murray Ave. faculty or staff member will be stationed at a corner waiting for a caravan of kids to gather and walk to school.
The “bus” will depart at 8:20 for school. Don’t forget to check it off your checklist once you arrive at school!
Safe Walking and Crossing Program
Run by a local police officer, this program will explain and demonstrate the importance of safety when walking and crossing streets. It is open to all grade levels. Demonstrations will be given on October 7th, 8th and 10th at 3:15 at the Daymon Terrace crosswalk.
Walking Check List
Included in the flyer sent home to children, the Walking Checklist is a way for children to be actively involved in Walk to School Week. Children should check off the boxes as they complete them when they get to class and turn it in at the end of the week for fun giveaways. Click Here for the Walk to School flyer which includes the checklist and raffle tickets
Don’t forget your raffle tickets when you walk to school for a chance to win a fun experience for your class! Drop them into one of the drop boxes located on Daymon Terrace and by the main entrance to the school and a winner will be drawn each day.
Benefits of Walking to School
The Larchmont/Mamaroneck Safe Routes to School Committee is an organization that works to improve safety and encourage more children to safely walk and bicycle to school. Click HERE for more information about Safe Routes to School Initiatives.
Click Here to read an interesting article in the Atlantic showing one of the many benefits of walking to school: The Link Between Kids Who Walk or Bike to School and Concentration. February 5, 2013.
A short excerpt from The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success through Healthy Environments
THE PROOF IS IN THE BRAIN
Recent controlled studies involving brain imaging are casting new light on the effects of exercise and obesity on cognition. They’re providing visual evidence of the neurophysiological impact of physical activity — or the lack thereof — on children. Dr. Charles Hillman of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is teasing out the relationship between physical activity and processes involved in attention, memory and academic performance in children.
Cognitive Effects of Exercise in Preadolescent Children
Average composite of 20 students' brains taking the same test after sitting quietly or taking a 20-minute walk.
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|Reprinted with permission of Dr. C. H. Hillman.|
With the help of neuroimaging we’re learning that:
- Physical fitness may benefit cognitive and brain health, as well as academic performance.
- Even single bouts of aerobic exercise have been shown to benefit cognitive performance.
- Research indicates aerobic fitness levels of school children may be associated with cognition and its neural underpinnings.
- Obesity is linked to adverse cognitive performance in school-aged children and teens; and in older adults, obesity is actually found to change brain structure.
- There exists a positive association between fitness and key aspects of learning — thus, early intervention is crucial toward lifespan health and effective function of brain and cognition.