Thirteen Seattle public elementary schools are participating in tomorrow’s International Walk to School Day, as part of “Walk and Wheel” month. Participating schools in our neighborhood include West Woodland in South Phinney/East Ballard, and Daniel Bagley, just across Aurora Avenue North near Green Lake.
West Woodland mom Sheila Bacon Cain tells us the school has been participating since 2003.
Neighbors may notice large groups of students walking to school tomorrow morning, celebrating with the “West Woodland Wildcat” cheer. One of the largest groups will be the “60th and Sycamore” walking school bus – a group of students and parents who walk to and from school each day, starting at the corner of 60th and Sycamore. The group walks down the Pea Patch hill and south on Third to the crosswalk at 58th, with the bulk of the group arriving at the school around 8:45 a.m.
Close to 3/4 of the school participates in Walk to School Day, and many of the students will continue to walk or wheel throughout the month of October – getting good exercise and dramatically cutting down on car trips to and from the school.
So, drivers, please be extra careful tomorrow as there will be many more kids walking to school than usual.