The F.U.N. Initiative
A Good Idea
This practice has been Archived and is no longer maintained.
"Get Up and Go" is an eight-part series of activities incorporating math, science, language arts and other subjects that teachers can use in their classrooms to teach students how to safely walk to school. Kids write stories about their walks to school or calculate their carbon footprints, that is, their personal impact on the environment.
Another component of this initiative is focused on the safe routes to school program. Facets of this program include:
*Walking clubs at elementary schools where kids walk during the school day and engage in special projects such as holiday food drives.
• Walking school buses once a month where parent volunteer "walking bus drivers" stop at the houses of some 100 kids to pick them up and safely walk them in a group to school.
• Walking events a couple of times a year that the schools publicize through e-mails home and flyers in students' backpacks including International Walk to School Day.
Goal / Mission
Results / Accomplishments
The safe routes to school initiative has been expanded to the local YMCA, where approximately 45 children in the YMCA's before-school program walk to school daily.
About this Promising Practice
- Primary Contact
- Darleen Reveille
Garfield Health Department
60 Elizabeth Street
Garfield, NJ 07026
Education / School Environment
Public Safety / Transportation Safety
- City of Garfield Health Department
- Active Living Resource Center
- Date of implementation
- Garfield, NJ
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