Today, October 18, a total of 91 students —41% of the student body— took part in Main Elementary’s Walk to School Day. Students were met at crosswalks by event organizers, crossing guards, and a few Police Officers from KPD. The event focused on pedestrian safety, physical activity, and environmental benefits.
In September, Executive Director of Island Trails Network Andy Schroeder received a small grant from Safe Routes to Schools. The goal of the grant was to use it in a way that was most beneficial to the students in Kodiak. Of all the Kodiak town schools, Main Elementary has the largest population of students who walk and bike to school, which made Main the perfect place to focus the grant money.
Leading up to the big day, students learned about pedestrian safety, the importance of physical activity, and how fewer cars on the road cuts down on pollution and benefits the environment. Each student also received a reflective armband to help drivers see them easier.
Andy Schroeder has been working with our schools for many years. With the help of Island Trails Network, he conducted extensive studies on all four elementary schools in 2011 and 2012. Those studies led to individual plans of improved safety at each school.
Thank you to Andy Schroeder, Island Trails Network, and Safe Routes to School for your continued support of student safety!