On a Roll for Walking and Rolling to School
Marshall Elementary in Vancouver, Washington first connected with the Fire Up Your Feet challenge last spring, and they were so excited to be part of a national challenge to get students (and their parents) up and moving that they picked right back up with the fall challenge.
After winning the spring challenge, it was possible to get even more people involved and excited. Staff supported the challenge by turning in weekly activity reports for their classes and another group was reporting regularly on their after-school activities.
Family-Community Resource Center Coordinator Pat Roe presented at the PTA meeting and parents called her after asking how they could get registered. Her favorite story is about “three moms who took it upon themselves to energize their separate neighborhoods. Each mom called other parents and arranged for them to meet at their homes on the morning of October 5th. The groups then walked together and met each other in front of the school. Their efforts allowed students from all corners of our area to participate! At least one of the groups is still walking on a regular basis.”
About half of the students walk to school and a small number ride bikes, but there is a busy intersection with a four way stop that makes it a challenge for families to navigate while walking and biking to school. They have a great safety patrol officer who does an awesome job of helping them, but they still have concerns about the intersection.
Marshall is on a roll after winning a drawing for logging Walk to School Day activity on the Fire Up Your Feet website. They have plans to start a walking program for the students, and will be hosting their first ever Family Fit Night mid-winter thanks to the financial support they received from FUYF. Pat said, “It is fun seeing just how active our children really are. The entire Marshall community has truly been ‘Fired Up’!”