2012 Success Stories

Two Outstanding Walk to School Day 2012 Events 

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Students at Oakland Elementary School in Inman, SC, had a particularly exciting time celebrating this year’s International Walk to School Day. They were surprised when the Carolina Panthers' mascot, Sir Purr, made an unexpected visit to the school and walked along with them!  Sir Purr talked to students about healthy eating and exercise, in a visit that coincided with the school’s entry into the NFL's “Fuel Up to Play 60” campaign.  

“What a memorable day our Walk to School was!  It was the best ever, according to our students!” reported Carolina Cabe, a physical education teacher at Oakland Elementary School.  “It was truly a team effort to involve our students, parents, teachers and community to celebrate nutrition and fitness with our Walk to School.

Safe Routes to School efforts are an integral part of Oakland Elementary School's healthy initiatives. The local newspaper, The Spartanburg Herald Journal, captured the event on their GoUpstate section. To learn more about the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program, go to http://www.fueluptoplay60.com.

Photo courtesy of Michael Justus, and the Spartanburg Heald- Journal                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Myrtle Beach Intermediate School in Myrtle Beach, SC held a creative IWalk event that got more than 75 children participating in healthy initiatives.  Many students live too far from the school to walk there on a daily basis; so the school organized two Park and Walk locations where students could be dropped off and walk the rest of the way. Students gathered at the Dough Shaw Stadium and Trinity Methodist church before 7:00 am to make the walk to school together.

Leaders at the Myrtle Beach Intermediate School recognize and advocate the long-term health benefits of walking to school. Physical Education teacher, James Kratzer, emphasizes that the earlier children learn about the importance of healthy behavior and staying in shape, the more they will know and remember in the long run.  This can go a long way in the fight against childhood obesity.  He says schools need to be proactive and teach healthy habits now, to carry these lessons forward, into the teenage years.

Congratulations to Leaphart Elementary School for their recent recognition with DHEC's All-Health Team!

Leaphart Elementary is also LEAPING into their new role as a SRTS Resource Center partner! In 2011 they packed the month of February full of SRTS activities!

On Tuesday, February 21st, Leaphart served as a pit stop for "Ride for Safe Routes"- a group of cyclists who are riding across America to raise awareness for safe, bike friendly roads. The group hosted a presentation on bicycle safety skills for the entire school and talked about the importance of SRTS.

In honor of National Engineers Week, Leaphart also hosted a Safety Audit Walk on Thursday, February 23rd. The walk included community participants from DHEC, School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties, Eat Smart Move More and engineering professionals in the community. The purpose of the audit was to identify solutions that would improve the safety of walking and biking to Leaphart.

Keep up the great work, Leaphart Elementary!

South Carolina stories from the National Center for Safe Routes to School

This short video about Blythe Academy in Greenville, SC includes information on SRTS and testimonials from kids and parents who have gotten in the habit of walking and love it.