Skaneateles The sidewalks in town will be busier on Wednesday, Oct. 5, during International Walk to School Day if the Skaneateles Elementary PTC succeeds in its mission.
“The PTC wants to get as many people as possible walking to school,” said Jessica Millman, a parent and organizer of the second annual day here.
Here are some points that Millman and others on the PTC produced sent home with elementary students:
Why should Skaneateles start walking to school?
• Increased physical activity and health
• Awareness of the walkability of our village
• Concern for the environment
• Reduced traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools
• Sharing time with parents, children and others in the community
For those who live too far to walk from home, consider this:
• Superintendent Phil D’Angelo will lead a “walking school bus” from Austin Park Pavilion to State Street and Waterman at 8:30
• Park in the public parking lot in the Village by 8:25 and walk to school
The plan is to have extra crossing guards at busier intersections that day. Millman said that a parent’s guide to teaching children safe walking skills can be found at saferoutesinfo.org/resources/education_teachingchildren.cfm.
Last Oct. 6, students of all ages from Skaneateles joined thousands of others across America by walking to school.
“Wow! The numbers of walkers this morning truly exceeded all my wildest expectations,” Millman said at that time to “Eco Team members” of the PTC who helped with make the day happen. “I believe our First Annual Walk to School Day was an unqualified success.”
Millman said people walked from the far reaches of the village. In addition, some parents drove in and parked elsewhere in the village in order to walk. The bus drivers couldn’t believe how empty the buses were, she said.
“I hope that after the wonderful experience today, more parents and children will opt to walk to school on a regular basis. This morning, we experienced the best of Skaneateles with parents and kids walking,” Millman said.