Pleasanton elementary schools are joining hundreds of schools throughout the country by participating in the International Walk to School Week.
Donlon and Walnut Grove elementary schools walked yesterday, Alisal, Hearst and Lydiksen schools are walking today, Mohr and Valley View schools will walk tomorrow and Fairlands and Vintage Hills elementary schools will walk on Friday.
The promotion is sponsored by the city of Pleasanton, Pleasanton Unified School District and all elementary schools. This annual event, held in Pleasanton for the 10th year, promotes pedestrian safety and parent involvement. It is being promoted as part of Rides to School, Pleasanton's School Traffic Calming Program.
"Walk to School Day will allow parents to spend time with their children and see how beneficial walking to school is for their children and their school," said Lisa Adamos, Economic Development Specialist with the city of Pleasanton. "It teaches the students safe walking habits and helps reduce traffic around the schools."
Morning celebrations where students and parents can enjoy refreshments will be held beginning 30 minutes prior to the first bell at each school. Many parent volunteers from each school will be helping to coordinate the refreshment parties which will welcome the hundreds of walkers each morning.
Rides to School, an interactive partnership to plan and manage school traffic, was created to address concerns regarding children safety, congestion and neighborhood impact around schools. For more information, go to the special website: www.pleasantonschoolpool.org, which assists parents in forming schoolpools at their school, or contact Lisa Adamos at 931-5039.