Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

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What is Safe Routes To School (SRTS)?

Safe Routes To School is a national movement that has taken hold in communities throughout the United States. The concept is to increase the number of children who walk or bicycle to school. At Cumberland, we have “Walk and Roll to school EVERY Wednesday”. Teachers will be tracking how children get to school on Wednesdays, and give them “I’m a Wednesday Walk and Roller” stickers as a way of recognizing their participation.


As you may know, it is particularly problematic if parents choose to drive their children to school on Wednesdays because area residents have their trash bins out for pickup. We strongly encourage all parents to make their child's daily school commute a mentally- and physically-active journey every day, but particularly on Wednesdays.


Every fall and spring we also run a “Walk and Roll to School Week” when teachers will tally how students travel to school. The highest participating class will be awarded the “Blue Boot” to mark their achievement. 


Why is Safe Routes to School important?

Thirty years ago, 60% of children living within a 2-mile radius of a school walked or bicycled to school. Today, that number has dropped to less than 15%. The recent “Mass Experiment 2012” study found that kids between the ages of 5 and 19 who cycled or walked to school (rather than traveling by car or public transportation) performed measurably better on academic tasks for up to four hours after they got to school.


So start a healthy habit with your children and try to make an effort everyday! It will give you some quality time together, help them get the most of our their school experience, contribute to your community, and help out the environment!