Improving Community Health with Walking and Biking to School

In September, Healthy Central Florida hosted its 6th annual Walk n’ Bike to School Workshop.  The free workshop brought together advocates and leaders to make walking and biking to school safer for our children.

During the workshop, area school representatives shared their creative efforts to help make walking and biking to school safer, and more fun, for their students and families.

Dommerich Elementary

Created a breathe free car line with an idol free zone.  They promoted the breathed free car line and idol free zone through letters to parents, emails and on the morning news.  Additionally, they purchased banners and signage to hang in the car line.

Brookshire Elementary

On International Bike to School Day, students wearing helmets properly had their picture taken and posted on bulletin board in school — The Wall of Fame.  Those that had an improperly fitting helmet were fitted by a local bike shop.

Lakemont Elementary

On International Bike to School Day, Lakemonth Elementary hosted a Roll-a-thon on their track where students could bring anything on wheels except for a skateboard.  Students were rewarded with a banana that they were able to decorate with a marker.  Students loved it!

Lake Sybelia Elementary

Lake Sybelia Elementary has had great success with the Walking School Bus.  Parents obtained administration support then parent support through robo calls to obtain interested volunteers.  The school now has two active routes on Wednesday mornings that have been going strong for six years.  Bonds are formed between students and adult volunteers.

Maitland Middle

The school installed a bike pump in front of the school.  Dommerich Elementary is looking to replicate and install in back of their school.  The bike pump is open to community.  Maintenance is split between the school and PTA.

Congratulations to Healthy Central Florida and these schools for their efforts to improve child health, increase learning, create greener communities and enhance fun and a sense of community – all by simply getting kids walking and biking to school.