Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It Was a Rainy Walk to School Day

International Walk to School Day News CoverageA rainy October 6 morning did not dampen the spirits of schools participating in the International Walk to School Day.

City Heights elementary schools within two miles of each other that participated in International Walk to School Day. The project a collaboration between the City Heights Community Development Corporation and other community partners -- encouraged nearly 6,000 students and parents to walk to school.

Walk to School participants included Cherokee Point, Central, Fay, Hamilton, Ibarra, Joyner, Marshall and Rosa Parks elementary schools, among several others throughout the district.

Local businesses, community stakeholders and County Supervisor Ron Roberts contributed to a fund to buy themed yellow t-shirts, which unified students across the different schools. The t-shirts meet school uniform requirements and are proudly worn by students year-round.

At Cherokee Point Elementary, City Councilmember Todd Gloria, School Board President Richard Barrera and other officials spoke about the importance of safe walking environments and practices.

Participants then enjoyed a healthy breakfast and a Health and Safety Fair, where representatives from the San Diego County Public Health Department, Red Cross, Police Department, City Heights on Patrol (CHOP) and neighboring high school students offered health and safety tips to families. For more information, contact Principal Godwin Higa at .

Other participating schools included:
  • Lincoln and Morse high school areas. San Diego Unified School Police and San Diego Police departments coordinated efforts in the area, including Porter Elementary. Students from that school met at Kennedy Park, 47th and T streets, anded  to their campus.
  • Sunset View Elementary School.
  • Curie Elementary School.
  • Holmes Elementary School.
  • Horton Elementary School.
  • Sherman Elementary School.