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Wednesday is ‘Walk to School Day’ for GC schools

Garden City Public Schools will join schools from around the nation to celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5. 

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

Alta Brown Elementary School 

The school is inviting parents to walk around the school building with their child before the start of school. 

Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center

The school will be going over safety information on walking and biking to school. The school will have students walk around the building with music to start the day.

Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center

The school will have students walk around the school building in the morning before school starts.

Florence Wilson Elementary School

The Garden City High School cross country team will meet students at Bible Christian and Presbyterian churches to walk with them to the school.  The students will receive a walk to school token.  The school’s eagle mascot will also be greeting walkers as they arrive to the school.

Georgia Matthews Elementary School

The school is encouraging parents to drop-off their child at 3rd and Johnson and walk the last few blocks to school. 

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 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 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.

Victor Ornelas Elementary School

The school will have staff meet students at various locations to walk to school.  The locations where students and parents will meet to walk in a group to school is Amy Street; Sarah Street; and Jennie Barker Road.