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September 19th, 2013 at Thu, 19th, 2013 at 3:24 pm by maribeth crandell

Walk or Bike to School Day

October 9, 2013

You can climb into a car or ride the school bus to school and still be asleep when you get there… boring.

OR you can Walk or Bike to School!  Cool!

When I was a kid walking to school with the neighborhood kids was the best part of my day.  We walked through the woods and over a creek brushing away spider webs with a stick.  Now I love to walk, hike and bike outdoors all year round.  It helps burn off a few calories and builds confidence. I find myself smiling. The fresh air and exercise builds the immune system challenge on the onslaught of classroom germs all winter! It’s a great way to start… and end the day.

Wednesday, October 9th is National Walk and Bike to School Day.  There are special activities planned in schools all across the Country.  There are competitions between schools to see how many students participate.  Don’t be left out.  Ask the PE Teachers at your school to see if they’re forming a Walking School Bus or Bike Train for groups.  Parents can volunteer to escort a group of neighborhood kids to school, on bikes, or on foot.  Wear something bright, or carry a light to be seen and be safe.

Self Propelled!  Feel the POWER! Walk with family, friends, neighbors or coaches.  Go with the flow and make a show!  Feel the morning sun on your face, the wind in your hair, the rain on your umbrella.  Get your heart thumping, your feet stumping and your arms pumping!  Walking and talking your way to school is the way to go.  Your brain will be buzzing and your smile will be beaming when you arrive.

Or take the world by the horns and get going with pedal power!  Stand up to those hills, cruise around corners, spin those wheels and fly!  With your helmet strapped on you are ready for lift off!  Get to school in style on the big day.  To arrive safely be sure to use hand signals and watch for traffic.  Be a good role model for your parents.  Get outside and move it, groove it, prove it!

Are you ready to rumble?  For more information, to register your school, or to get ideas on how to make this a special event for your school visit:

Maribeth Crandell has a green thumb. Most of the rest of her is "green", as well. She's worked in city, state and national parks as a naturalist, educator and guide, on ships and on shore from the Columbia River to Southeast Alaska. She offers presentations for 6 year olds to seniors. She publishes articles, sings songs, plays the banjo and hikes trails. In fact, in 2006 she hiked the 2,000 mile long Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. She's been an educator for many organizations on Whidbey Island and for 5 years worked as the Environmental Educator for the City of Oak Harbor. She's been a consistent voice on Whidbey Island leading the way toward sustainability. Because Maribeth has a green thumb, along with the rest of her.

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