Walk to School Day Report 2004

Bahia Vista in San Rafael: "We had an awesome W2SD 2004!! Thanks for all of your help. We wound up buying plain green balloons (BV's Colors are green and white) to hand out The morning went beautifully, nonetheless. SRPD was there to escort us. We had at least three times as many walkers, who paraded from Pickleweed to the school, as last year, and many parents helped and walked with their kids. All participants got a sticker, a jacket pull, a bottle of water, apple slices and pan dulce at the school when they arrived. Many kids got balloons and their handmade signs to carry in the parade. Everyone had a fun."

From Lu Sutton in Novato: "LuSutton was AWESOME today. This event turned out better than I had hoped for. All the kids had a great time walking with their friends and the parents had fun too. We had two staging area's set-up, one which was hosted by Curtis Aikens our celebrity chef from Calling All Cooks. You should have seen the walking school buses coming from both these area's. The kids were carrying signs and balloons and were very excited when they got to school. Some parents said, "This was fun, we should do this more often". The crossing guards were great and had fun out there too. I had two Dad's (one happened to be my husband) that are requesting to work closer to the school next time because they had so much fun and wanted to be where all the action was. They made their crosswalk the one to go through, by dancing around and pretending to play guitar with the stop signs!

"We had a great welcoming table setup with juice & muffins. Some of the teachers, staff and principal, Ken Gallegos were in the front of the school to greet & cheer the kids. The kids were greeted with a treat baggie (zipper pull, pencil, mini notepad & tootsie pop) as a thank you for walking or biking to school. Speaking of biking, we had alot more kids biking to school on this day. The bike rack was the fullest I had ever seen it."

From Lynwood in Novato: Everything went incredibly well! We had a great turn out, A 2nd grade teacher said 17 of her 18 students walked or rode to school today. It helped to have a great bike and helmet for a raffle prize (donated by the Fremantle family and Novato Dental), and Laurie Smith and Kaiser donated four pedometers as well for additional prizes. The kids loved it and we will do it again next year !

Mt. Tam in Mill Valley: We had 95% participation on a walk down the hill. Three classes had 100% participation.

Pleasant Valley in Novato: "The morning went great! We had a really large turn out of walkers, rollers, and carpools. The kids were greeted at the surrounding cross streets of the school and walked in by the school principal, school secretary, librarian and PE teachers. As always we had the support of the NPD. The kids had a great time!"

Tam Valley in Mill Valley: "We had nearly 200 sign ins and very few-handful of cars in lot. Marin ave was like a "ghost town" and I am trying to institute a no drive time zone for kids 7:30-8:30 am. We launched it Wednesday and it was respected and adhered by the neighbors! Yeah!"

Wade Thomas in San Anselmo: "Wade Thomas had a walk parade from Creek Park in San Anselmo down San Anselmo Ave to Ross Ave. and School. The San Anselmo Police Dept. escorted us."

Reed in Tiburon: "There were three meeting points for children to walk to relevant school: Boardwalk, Cove and Blackie's Pasture. We encouraged more walkers this year, especially the younger children to walk from Boardwalk with parents into Reed School. The children received rewards on arrival at school - stickers, safety information and a treat. We tied in with 'SchoolPool'. There are three $200 prizes of cycling equipment to be won. Anyone who signed up for Schoolpool has a chance to win and the drawing was held at Reed School that morning. There were celebratory balloons along routes - kindly co-ordinated by Del Mar school council and -Safety Art - banners and posters made by the children."

Sun Valley in San Rafael: There was a pedestrian parade from Sun Valley Market starting at 8 am and a Bike Parade from Summit bicycles, who provided free bike fix ups.

Vallecito in San Rafael: On October 6th, Vallecito particiated in a worldwide International Walk to School Day event. It was a great success as evidenced by the many Vallecito students that participated. The parking lot was nearly empty and the streets were filled with kids walking with their signs held high in support of walk to school day. Afterwards, a group photo of all Vallecito students was taken in the quad. Later, the children were treated to a fantastic bicycle safety skit presented by members of the Marin Safe Routes to School Committee - it was both fun and educational. The entertainment included a professional BMX rider who performed many amazing stunts.

From Bacich in Kentfield: Bacich students met up at three staging areas to walk and bike together. Supervisor Hal Brown joined one group and biked to school.

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