From late October to Thanksgiving break, we worked with Thompson Middle School to promote and inspire more biking and walking to school. Through daily encouragement and weekly raffles, over 25% of the student body participated. On Tuesday, Nov 25th, three grand prize winners were drawn from among the students who biked or walked the most during the challenge. Clockwise from top right: 5th grader Nathaniel Thompson received a $250 gift card to Ten Speed Spokes; Kaylon Samuels received a a $250 gift certificate to Newport Bicycle; and 8th grader Graeme Clougher, pictured with our own Director of Education Mark Chesterton, received a $250 gift card to Pedal Power in Middletown. The Bike and Walk to School Challenge was funded by a generous grant from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Celebrate kids moving in the morning!
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^two bikers sport their “I Biked to School Today!” stickers
Did you know that children who start the day by walking or biking to school are engaged in the physical activity that contributes to a healthier lifestyle, a better outlook, higher self-esteem, improved independence, and, ultimately, better performance in school?
Starting today, October 27th, students at Newport’s Thompson Middle School will have the chance to log their biking and walking days during two Bike and Walk Challenges – one in the fall and one in the spring, both funded by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and managed by Bike Newport.
This morning marked the first day that students who biked or walked were eligible for a range of prizes including gift certificates for apparel, backpacks, walk and bike accessories, cold weather gear, bike locks, and more. Three grand prizes of $250 each will be awarded to the three students who log the most days. Two trophies – a golden helmet and a golden sneaker – will be awarded to the class with the most students participating in the challenge each week.
We can all help by encouraging students to bike and walk to school when possible, and by being extremely aware and cautious as drivers at all times, especially during school arrival and dismissal hours.
Help us grow a new generation of active commuters!
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