Schools to celebrate ‘Walk to School’ day on Wed., Oct. 6

Garden City Public Schools will join schools from around the nation to celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. 

Walk to School Day encourages healthy habits, heightens awareness of traffic safety, draws attention to environmental concerns around schools, and is a great way to build local momentum for Safe Routes to Schools.

Each school is planning events that will focus on walking to school, or for the students that are bused, walking at school.  The events will take place at various times with students, parents, staff members, and community leaders taking part in the walks.

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Walk to School Day Activities at the schools include:

Alta Brown Elementary School 

The school will start the day off with students and staff walking around the school. 

Abe Hubert Elementary School

The school will encourage parents to walk to school with their child on Wednesday, and will also have the track open in the morning.  Each classroom will also walk on the track during the morning.

Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center

The school will have students walk a lap around the school. Garden City High School students will be on hand to assist and walk with students.  The school will also review safety information on walking and biking to school during the week.

Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center

Students will walk around the school building in the morning before school starts.

Florence Wilson Elementary School

The school will have three drop-off locations for parents.  School staff and GCHS cross country team members will be at each site to help students walk to school safely. Children may ride their bike to school with the group. 

  • Site 1-Bible Christian Church Family Life Center Northwest Parking Lot, drop off kids between 7:35-7:50 a.m.  The walk to school will start promptly at 7:55 a.m.
  • Site 2- Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, drop off kids between 7:45-7:55 a.m.  The walk to school will start promptly at 8:00 a.m.
  • Site 3- Abbott Garden Apartments, drop kids off at the sidewalk are near main entrance, between 7:35-7:50 a.m., we will start walking promptly at 7:55 a.m.  
  • All students will receive a Walk To School Day bracelet as they enter the school building.

Georgia Matthews Elementary School

The school will walk the Talley Trail near the school before school starts.

Gertrude Walker Elementary School 

Staff volunteers, students, and parents can join the walk at two separate meeting points.  The South route meeting place will be located at Talley Trail and 11th Street at the Gazebo and continuing on to the school at approximately 7:30 a.m.  The North route meeting place will be located at Boy Scout Park on Thompson Street continuing on to Gertrude Walker Elementary along 8th street to Fair Street at approximately 7:30 a.m.

Jennie Barker Elementary School

The school has invited parents and staff to walk around the trail at the school with students at 8:30 a.m. to kick-off the day. 

Jennie Wilson Elementary School

The school will start at 7:30 a.m. at Westlake Hardware and will have groups going every 5-15 minutes. They will wrap-up at 8:10 a.m. 

Plymell Elementary School

The school will have students walk around the trail at the school during the afternoon. 

Victor Ornelas Elementary School

The school will have high school athletes joining them for a walk starting at various locations at 7:45 a.m.

The locations where students and parents will meet to walk in a group to school is at Susan Street and Spruce Street; Amy Street and Spruce Street; Jennie Barker Road and Spruce Street; and the bus line.