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Denny Intl’ Middle School Celebrates Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day

Image of Ruby Bridges walking with text that shows date and time of the event (November 14, 7:20AM)

Monday, November 14, Denny Intl’ Middle School students, families, and staff will walk to school together to celebrate Ruby Bridges’ courage.

Ruby Bridges was only 6 when she walked into school on November 14, 1960 – the first day her New Orleans school was desegregated. Ruby’s walk as well as many others across the country were a light for justice.

BE A LIGHT LIKE RUBY!
Denny Dolphins, meet at the north side of Westwood Village (26th and Trenton) for a walk to school celebrating Ruby and igniting our own light for justice. Bring your walking light if you have one from Walk to School Day and we’ll have more to hand out.

[This will be a filmed and photographed event. Please expect to be included in photos or videos if you attend – unless you opt out. We’ll have forms at the event to opt out of being in photos/videos.]

Superintendent Jones, Mayor Harrell, and Lori Dunn walk with Dunlap and South Shore students holding a sign that says "Walk & Roll to School Day"
Superintendent Jones, Mayor Harrell, and SPS Physical Education Manager Lori Dunn walked with Dunlap Elementary and South Shore PK-8 students on Walk & Roll to School Day (October 12, 2022).

Translation into Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Somali, and Amharic

WHY Walking and biking to school is a fun way to get exercise, reduce congestion and pollution around schools, and create community. Studies say students who walk and bike to school arrive more alert and ready to learn!

WHAT The district’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator (Sara Colling) can support you in any of these ideas and more (skcolling@seattleschools.org – 206-532-4453).

Bailey Gatzert students walk in groups to school and parents switch off who leads (Walking School Bus).
Bailey Gatzert students walk in groups to school and parents switch off who leads (Walking School Bus).
  • Lead a walk to school group or bike train. Students can meet and walk or bike in together.
  • Help with Walk to School Day on October 12.
  • Apply for a Seattle Department of Transportation grant for up to $1,000 to pay for things like street murals, warm winter clothes, and event supplies.
  • Share success stories and we’ll broadcast them in school and district newsletters.

[Spanish]

PORQUE Caminar y andar en bicicleta a la escuela es una forma divertida de hacer ejercicio, reducir la congestión y la contaminación alrededor de las escuelas y crear una comunidad. Los estudios dicen que los estudiantes que caminan o van en bicicleta a la escuela llegan más alertas y listos para aprender.

QUE La Coordinadora de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela del distrito (Sara Colling) puede apoyarle con cualquiera de estas ideas y más (skcolling@seattleschools.org – 206-532-4453).

Bailey Gatzert Elementary - los estudiantes caminan en grupos a la escuela y los padres cambian en quién dirige (autobús escolar a pie).
Bailey Gatzert Elementary – los estudiantes caminan en grupos a la escuela y los padres cambian en quién dirige (autobús escolar a pie).
  • Dirija una caminata del grupo escolar o un tren en bicicleta. Los estudiantes pueden reunirse y caminar o andar en bicicleta juntos.
  • Ayuda en el Día de Caminar a la Escuela el 12 de octubre.
  • Solicite una subvención del Departamento de Transporte de Seattle de hasta $1,000 para pagar cosas como murales callejeros, ropa abrigada de invierno y suministros para eventos.
  • Comparta historias de éxito y las difundiremos en los boletines escolares y del distrito.

[Simplified Chinese]

为什么 步行和骑单车上学是一种有趣的锻炼方式,可以减少学校周围的拥塞和污染,同时可以建立社区。研究告诉我们,步行和骑单车上学的学生更加警觉同时准备好学习!

做什么 无论你有任何的想法和其它方面的作为,校区的上学安全路线协调员(Sara Colling),她都可以支持你(skcolling@seattleschools.org – 206-532-4453)。

Bailey Gatzert学校学生成群结队地步行上学,家长轮流带队(步行校车)。
Bailey Gatzert学校学生成群结队地步行上学,家长轮流带队(步行校车)。
  • 带领一组学生步行到学校或单车列队。学生可以集合起来,一起步行或骑单车到学校。
  • 10月12日是帮助步行上学日。
  • 你可以来申请西雅图交通部补助金,最高可达$1,000美元,来支付街头壁画,冬天穿的温暖衣服和活动用品等费用。
  • 来与我们分享成功的故事,我们会在学校和校区新闻通讯中播出来。

[Vietnamese]

TẠI SAO Đi bộ và đi xe đạp đến trường là một hình thức thú vị để tập thể dục, giảm ùng tắc và ô nhiễm xung quanh trường học, đồng thời thiết lập cộng đồng. Các nghiên cứu cho biết những học sinh đi bộ và đạp xe đến trường sẽ tỉnh táo hơn và sẵn sàng học tập!

ĐIỀU GÌ  Điều phối viên Các Tuyến đường An toàn đến Trường của học khu (Sara Colling) có thể hỗ trợ quý vị cho bất kỳ ý tưởng nào trong số này và hơn thế nữa (skcolling@seattleschools.org – 206-532-4453).

Học sinh Bailey Gatzert đi bộ theo nhóm đến trường và phụ huynh luân phiên dẫn đầu (Walking School Bus).
Học sinh Bailey Gatzert đi bộ theo nhóm đến trường và phụ huynh luân phiên dẫn đầu (Walking School Bus).
  • Dẫn đầu một nhóm đi bộ đến trường học hoặc đoàn xe đạp. Học sinh có thể gặp và đi bộ hoặc đạp xe cùng nhau.
  • Hãy giúp đỡ với Ngày đi bộ đến trường vào ngày 12 tháng 10.
  • Nộp đơn xin trợ cấp của Seattle Department of Transportation lên đến $1,000 để thanh toán cho những vật như bức tranh tường đường phố, quần áo ấm mùa đông và đồ dùng cho sự kiện.
  • Chia sẻ những câu chuyện thành công và chúng tôi sẽ đăng chúng lên các bản tin của trường và học khu.

[Somali]

Waayo U lugaynta iyo baaskiil ku imaanshaha dugsiga waa hab madadaalo leh oo lagu sameeyo jimicsi, lagu dhimo saxmadda iyo wasakhowga agagaarka dugsiyada, loona abuuro bulsho. Daraasaduhu waxay yiraahdeen ardayda u socota iyo baaskiilka ku taga dugsiga waxay la yimaadaan feejignaan dheeraad ah iyo diyaar u ahaan inay wax bartaan!

Maxay Maareeyaha Badbaadada Wadooyinka loomaro Dugsiyada (Sara Colling) ayaa idinka caawinkarta fikradahan iyo ka badanba (skcolling@seattleschools.org – 206-532-4453).

Ardayda Dusiga Bailey Gatzert oo koox koox u lugaynaya dugsigooda, waalidkuna hogaanka maamulayaanwalk (Walking School Bus).
Ardayda Dusiga Bailey Gatzert oo koox koox u lugaynaya dugsigooda, waalidkuna hogaanka maamulayaanwalk (Walking School Bus).
  • Hoggaami baaskiil ku imaanshaha dugsiga ama isku taxa baaskiilada. Ardaydu we kulmikaraan iyaga oo u lugaynaya ama baaskiil ku tegaya dugsiga.
  • Ka Qaybqaado Maalinka Baaskiil ku Tagga Dugsiga ee October 12.
  • Dalbo maalgelinta Waaxda Isgaarsiinta Seattle ee gaareysa ilaa $1,000 oo u adeegso bixinta kharashyada farshaxanka waddooyinka, dharka xilli qaboobaha, iyo kharashaadka kulamada.
  • Nala wadaag guushaada si aanu ugu soo bandhigno warsidaha dugsiga iyo kan degmadaba.

[Amharic] 

ለምን ወደ ትምህርት ቤት በእግር እና ብስክሌት መሄድ የአካል ብቃት እንቅስቃሴ ለማድረግ፣በትምህርት ቤቶች አካባቢ ያለውን መጨናነቅ እና ብክለት ለመቀነስ እንዲሁም ማህበረሰብ ለመፍጠር አስደሳች መንገድ ነው።ወደ ትምህርት ቤት በእግር እና በብስክሌት የሚጓዙ ተማሪዎች የበለጠ ንቁ እና ለመማር ዝግጁ እንደሚሆኑ ጥናቶች ያሳያሉ!

ምንድን የዲስትሪክቱ አሰተማማኝ የትምህርት ቤት መንገዶች አስተባባሪ (Sara Colling) (skcolling@seattleschools.org – 206-532-4453) በእነዚህ ሃሳቦች እና ሌሎችም ሊትረዳዎ ትችላለች ።

የቤይሊ ጋትዘርት ተማሪዎች በቡድን ሆነው ወደ ትምህርት ቤት ሲሄዱ ፣ ወላጆች እየተቀያየሩ ቡድኑን ይመራሉ። (Walking School Bus).
የቤይሊ ጋትዘርት ተማሪዎች በቡድን ሆነው ወደ ትምህርት ቤት ሲሄዱ ፣ ወላጆች እየተቀያየሩ ቡድኑን ይመራሉ። (Walking School Bus).
  • ወደ ትምህርት ቤት ብእግር ወይም በብስክሌት የሚሄዱ ቡድን ይምሩ። ተማሪዎች ተገናኝተው አብረው በእግር ወይም ብስክሌት መሄድ ይችላሉ።
  • በየትምህርት ቤት የእግር ጉዞ ቀን -ጥቅምት 12 ያግዙ።
  • እንደ የመንገድ ላይ የግድግዳ ሥዕሎች፣ሞቃታማ የክረምት ልብሶች እና የዝግጅት አቅርቦቶች ለመግዛት የሚያስችል እስከ $1,000 የሚያክል ገንዘብ ለማግኘት ለሲያትል የትራንስፖርት ድጎማ ዲፓርትመንት ያመልክቱ።
  • የስኬት ታሪኮች ያጋሩን እና በትምህርት ቤት እና በዲስትሪክት ጋዜጣዎች ላይ እናስተላልፋቸዋለን።

How many students are walking, biking, and rolling to school?

Pie chart showing 33% of students walk or bike to school

About 1/3 of Seattle Public School students walk or bike to school most days! This data is based on two sources:

Why walk, bike, and roll (i.e. wheelchair, scooter, skateboard, etc.)?

1st grader and 3rd grader walking and biking to school
A 3rd grader and a 1st grader walk and bike on a new sidewalk to get to school.

For our earth! Transportation is Seattle’s largest source of climate emissions. When we drive less, emissions go down in a big way.

For your health! Students who walk and bike get exercise built into their daily routine. Studies even show that students arrive at school more attentive and ready to learn.

For your school! School pick-up and drop-off can be hectic with lots of idling cars in the same space. Walking, biking, and rolling reduces that congestion around schools and makes the air cleaner to breathe.

For fun! Walking, biking, and rolling on your own or with friends can connect neighbors to each other, and it’s just a fun way to be outside and part of the neighborhood.

Teacher at Concord Elementary handing out giveaways for walk and bike month
Ms. Kate at Concord Elementary in South Park hands out giveaways for Walk and Bike Month in May.

Resources for students and families

Map your route to school

Learn to bike during PE class

The Seattle Department of Transportation funds Seattle Public Schools and Cascade Bicycle Club to run a walking and biking safety program for all 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, including students with disabilities, called Let’s Go. We’re expanding the program to all middle schools and piloted in a few kindergarten classes. Want to get involved? Cascade Bicycle Club could use more volunteers to help in the classroom or to deliver bikes to schools.

A Physical Education class practices bike skills at Louisa Boren K-8 in West Seattle through the Let’s Go program.

Get a free helmet and bike

Report and share what would make your route better

Resources to support more students at your school

Apply for a mini grant

Schools, PTA’s, and community groups can apply for up to $1,000 from the Seattle Department of Transportation to organize bike rodeos, buy winter coats, hold walk to school events and more to support walking and biking to school. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Start a Walking School Bus

A Walking School Bus is a group of students walking to school with one or more adults, picking up students along the way. Visit this toolkit for tips on getting started (page 7) and get guidance from the Seattle Public Schools Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator: Sara Colling; skcolling@seattleschools.org; 206-532-4453.

Start a Bike Train

A Bike Train is a group of students biking to school with one or more adults, picking up students along the way. Cascade Bicycle Club is happy to support Bike Trains with leader training, route planning, and more.

Request a School Street

You can work with your school principal to close a residential block outside your school to through traffic. This creates a welcoming environment for arriving to school by walking, biking, or rolling (school buses, district transportation, and people accessing their homes can still drive on the street).

Kids biking into school on School Street at Genesee Hill Elementary
Schools can request “School Streets” to close down blocks to through traffic and create more space to comfortably get to school.

Order yard signs

 Vision Zero yard signs that encourage safe driving are available for pick-up.

Get EarthGen Certified

Transportation is one of the six environmental categories to get your school EarthGen Certified

Share walking and biking concerns

The School Traffic Safety Committee is a board that includes representatives of Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police Department, King County Metro, and 5 volunteer positions filled by interested members of the public including parents, grandparents, and neighbors. The Committee can offer guidance on reducing barriers to walking and biking to school.

Are you concerned about people driving too fast near your school? The Washington Traffic Safety Committee is offering to collect data on driver speeds near schools across the state in fall 2022. If you’re interested, email Mandie Dell (mdell@wtsc.wa.gov) with the name of the school, address, and a primary contact person.

Become a school crossing guard

Seattle Public Schools is hiring school crossing guards.

Walk to school signs and calendars where students can track their trips for prizes
May is Bike to School Month! Students at Concord Elementary in South Park received calendars in English and Spanish to track walking and biking trips and earn prizes.

Give out free stuff

Get fun, free incentives like stickers, bike lights, and temporary tattoos.

Add something to your school

Seattle Public Schools Self Help program allows volunteers to implement their creative ideas that improve the school building or grounds (like a painted bike path guiding students through the parking lot or a walk-to-school-themed mural).

Request a bike rack

Submit a request to get a bike rack installed at your school.

Start a campaign

Download a guide to starting a Safe Routes to School campaign at your school and get guidance from the Seattle Public Schools Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator: Sara Colling; skcolling@seattleschools.org; 206-532-4453.

Middle School students at Pathfinder K-8 in West Seattle organized a campaign for Bike to School Day in May.
Middle School students at Pathfinder K-8 in West Seattle organized a campaign for Bike to School Day in May.