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 Walk to School Facts: Countdown:   
Get up, Get out, and Get Moving!Get up, Get out, and Get Moving!The actual date of the 2014 International Walk to School Day is Oct. 8, 2014. Walk to School events can be held nationwide on Wednesday and throughout the month of October. We, as a school district, always walk on a Friday in October.  This year we will celebrate on October 10, 2014.  So get ready to Get up, Get out, and Get Moving!
..Over time, International Walk to School Day has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school. More than 12,500 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have been awarded federal funds for Safe Routes to School activities and programs.
The Top Reasons to Bike and Walk to School The Top Reasons to Bike and Walk to School #3   Save money on gas.  
#2   Walk and talk with your child and find out more about life.  Your child will never forget the time spent together.        
#1   Parents are not taxi drivers

CLICK HERE for the top 10 reasons!
..When families decide to lace up their sneakers or strap on their bike helmets to get to school instead of riding in a car, they help reduce the amount of air pollutants emitted by automobiles. Vehicles emit a variety of air pollutants, resulting in increases in ground-level ozone, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter such as particles of dust, soot, smoke, dirt and liquid droplets. 
Ways to increase the safety of a child's walking or biking trip to school:Ways to increase the safety of a child's walking or biking trip to school: -  Provide safe, well-maintained walkways separate from vehicles. 
 -  Teach children to cross streets at marked crossings and to always look left-right-left.
 -  Slow traffic in neighborhoods and near schools through traffic calming strategies and enforcement efforts.
Ways to increase the safety of a child's walking or biking trip to school: (cont.)Ways to increase the safety of a child's walking or biking trip to school: (cont.) -  Work with parents of children with disabilities and special education professionals to identify accessibility barriers.
 -  Ensure that walkways are continuous and meet national accessibility standards.
 -  Install curb ramps at every intersection and at mid-block crossings.
 -  Provide accessible pedestrian signals at intersections.
..Participation in Walk to School Day 2011 reached a record high, with more than 4,000 events registered from all fifty states and the District of Columbia. Many more communities held events but did not register. We, in Greene County, were among those registered in 2011.
..Walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Regular physical activity helps children build strong bones, muscles and joints, and it decreases the risk of obesity. In contrast, insufficient physical activity can contribute to chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.
..The first National Walk to School Day – called Walk Our Children to School Day – was held in 1997. In 2000, the event became international when the UK and Canada (both of which had already been promoting walking to school) and the USA joined together for the first International Walk to School Day.
..The first Greene County walk to school day was held October 1, 2010.  The Greene County School System joined schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day. More than 2,000 students from Greensboro Elementary School, Union Point Elementary School, Carson Middle School, Greene County High School and the Lake Oconee Academy participated in the half-mile walk.  CLICK HERE for a video of the event or CLICK HERE for pictures.
Walk to School Day!Walk to School Day!CLICK HERE to check out the video of Greene County School System's first Walk to School Day.

You might also enjoy watching the “Ped Safety Dance” (developed by the Michigan Fitness Foundation, with support in part from the National Center for Safe Routes to School). It is a fun way to promote pedestrian safety.

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Contact Information
  • Contact Information
      Robyn Brunson
    Communications Coordinator
    Greene County Schools
    101 E. Third Street
    Greensboro, GA  30642
    (706) 454-1024 - Phone
    (706) 453-9019 - Fax
    Robyn.Brunson@greene.k12.ga.us

Walk to School Day - 2014

Schools that have signed up to walk.

The following schools have signed up to walk:

Greene County CBJ Preschool
Greensboro Elementary School
Anita White Carson Middle School
Greene County High School
Greene County PREP Center


Save the Date: Walk to School Day is October 10, 2013

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 If you have any questions regarding
Greene County's Annual Walk to School Day, please contact:

Ms. Robyn Brunson
Communications Coordinator
Greene County School System
Office: 706-453-7688
Email:
Robyn.Brunson@greene.k12.ga.us

 
Walk to School Day - 2013

Greene County Schools to celebrate Walk to School Day on October 11

Greene County School System will join schools from around the world this month to celebrate International Walk to School Day. GCSS students and staff will walk a half mile to school on Friday, Oct. 11, two days after the actual date of International Walk to School Day.More

Letter to Community Partners

Dear Community Partner,

Greene County School System’s students and staff will put on their sneakers and take part in the school district’s 4th annual Walk to School Day on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. The actual date of International Walk to School Day is Oct. 9, but school officials designated the second Friday in October as Walk to School Day for Greene County School System.

In the United States, International Walk to School Day is expected to include 5,000 schools from 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults from 40 countries around the world. Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, concern for the environment, and building connections between families, schools, and the broader community.

Last year, students from Greene County CBJ Preschool, Greensboro Elementary School, Union Point STEAM Academy, Anita White Carson Middle School, Greene County High School, and Greene County PREP Center were joined by parents and neighbors on the morning walk. Again this year, we ask for your support and partnership as we walk along Dolvin Avenue to Union Point STEAM Academy and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to our respective schools in Greensboro.

If you would like to join us on the morning of Oct. 11, please contact GCSS Communications Department at (706) 453-7688 ext. 2247.

As always, thank you for supporting our schools and the children we serve.

 

Sincerely,

Robyn Brunson
GCSS Communications Coordinator

Walk to School Day - Frequently Asked Questions


1. Who can participate?

Since this is a system-wide walk, all students and teachers from Greensboro Elementary School, Union Point STEAM Academy, Carson Middle School, Greene County High School, Greene County Preschool, and Greene County PREP Center will participate. We are also asking parents and community members to join in on the walk.  

2. What’s the route? How far is it?
There will be two separate walks taking place to accommodate all of our students and staff. Union Point STEAM Academy students and staff will walk along Dolvin Avenue to the elementary school while students and staff from Greensboro Elementary, Carson Middle, Greene County High, Greene County Preschool, and Greene County PREP Center will walk along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to their respective schools. Each walk is a half (½) mile to your child’s school.   

3. Do I need to sign-up in advance or just show up?
You do not have to sign-up in advance. Just show up with your child on the morning of the walk.  

4. What happens if it rains?
If rain is expected for the morning of Oct. 11, an all-call will be sent to all families the evening of Oct. 10 cancelling Walk to School Day. Our reschedule date is Friday, Oct.  18.  

5. What should my child wear?
Each school has designated a specific shirt color for your child to wear. GCHS – gold; CMS – white; UPSA – navy blue; GES – white; and PREP Center – black. Students may wear jeans with their uniform shirt. Preschoolers should wear black t-shirts.

6. My child attends Union Point STEAM Academy but rides the bus from Greensboro Elementary School to UPSA, will I have to take my child to Union Point to walk to school?
Car riders should be dropped off at the Greensboro walking site (Excell Adult Day Care Center) on Martin Luther King Jr. by 7:15 a.m. to walk with UPSA staff. Students who ride a bus to GES will get off at the Greensboro location as well. Following the walk, students will be transported by bus to UPSA as normal.  

7. My child has special needs, is he/she required to walk to school?
All students should participate in Walk to School Day. Please contact Dr. Leigh Ann Sowell, GCSS Special Education Director, at (706) 453-7688 if you are concerned about your child walking to school.  

8. What happens if I arrive late to the designated drop-off area?
Once your child’s school has begun walking, you will have to take your child to his/her school. There will be staff at each school to greet students who are late.
 
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Save the Date: Walk to School Day is October 11, 2013!


Details on the Walk to School Day 2013 are coming soon!


Walk to School Day - 2012

GCSS students and staff participate in Walk to School Day

Greene County Walk to School Day was October 5. Students and staff from Greensboro Elementary School, Union Point STEAM Academy & Elementary School, Carson Middle School, Greene County High School, Greene County CBJ Preschool and Greene County PREP Center were joined by parents and community members as they walked a half-mile to school to promote the many benefits of walking and bicycling to school.

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Greene County Schools participating in this year's walk. (updated 10-01-2012)

Greensboro Elementary School, Union Point STEAM Academy & Elementary School, Carson Middle School, Greene County High School, Greene County Preschool, and Greene County PREP Center, and Lake Oconee Academy will participate.

(Update 10-01-2012)
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, Lake Oconee Academy will not be walking to school on October 5, 2012.  Students should report to school as normal.  Please contact the school for details.


Greene County Students and Staff will observe Walk-to-School Day on October 5, 2012

Walk to School Day flyer

CLICK HERE for printable flyer.More

Greene County students and staff gearing up for 3rd annual Walk to School Day

In celebration of the 3rd annual Greene County Walk to School Day, Greene County School System students and staff will put on their walking shoes and walk a half-mile to school on Friday, Oct. 5. The actual date of International Walk to School Day is Oct. 3, but school officials have designated the first Friday in October as Walk to School Day for Greene County School System.More

Walk to School Day – Frequently Asked Questions

(updated 10-01-2012)

1. Who can participate?
Since this is a system-wide walk, all students and teachers from Greensboro Elementary School, Union Point STEAM Academy & Elementary School, Carson Middle School, Greene County High School, Greene County Preschool, and Greene County PREP Center, and Lake Oconee Academy will participate. We are also asking parents and community members to join in on the walk.

2. What’s the route? How far is it?
There will be three separate walks taking place to accommodate all of our students and staff members. Union Point STEAM Academy & Elementary School students will walk along Dolvin Avenue to the elementary school; students from Greensboro Elementary, Carson Middle, Greene County High, Greene County Preschool, and Greene County PREP Center will walk along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to their respective schools; and Lake Oconee Academy students will walk down North Campus Drive and Knowledge Way to the school. Each walk is ½ mile to your child’s school.

3. Do I need to sign-up in advance or just show up?
You do not have to sign-up in advance. Just show up with your child on the morning of the walk.

4. What happens if it rains?
If rain is expected for the morning of Oct. 5, an all-call will be sent to all families the evening of Oct. 4 cancelling Walk to School Day. Our reschedule date is Friday, Oct. 19.

5. What should my child wear?
Each school has designated a specific shirt color for your child to wear. GCHS – black; CMS – gold; UPE – navy blue; GES – red; and PREP Center – black. Students may wear jeans with their uniform shirt. Preschoolers do not have to wear a specific color. LOA students will wear their daily uniform dress.

6. My child attends Union Point STEAM Academy & Elementary School but rides the bus from Greensboro Elementary School to UPE, will I have to take my child to Union Point to walk to school?
Car-riders should be dropped off at the Greensboro walking site (Excell Adult Day Care Center) on Martin Luther King Jr. by 7:15 a.m. to walk with UPE staff. Students who ride a bus to GES will get off at the Greensboro location as well. Following the walk, students will be transported by bus to UPE as normal.

7. My child has special needs, is he/she required to walk to school?
All students should participate in Walk to School Day. Please contact Zelphia Dunham, GCSS Special Education Director, at (706) 453-7688 if you are concerned about your child walking to school.

8. What happens if I arrive late to the designated drop-off area?
Once your child’s school has begun walking, you will have to take your child to his/her school. Staff members will be at each school to greet students who are late.


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Pictures from the 2012 Walk to School Day Event

Walk to School Day - 2011

Greene County students and staff walk a half-mile to school in observance of Walk to School Day

Greene County students and staff laced up their tennis shoes and walked a half-mile to school on Friday in observance of Walk to School Day. International Walk to School Day was Oct. 5, but school officials designated the first Friday in October as Walk to School Day for Greene County School System.More

Walk to School Day Flyer - 2011

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Greene County Schools Walk to School Day is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7

On Friday, October 7, 2011, more than 2,000 students and hundreds of staff members and volunteers will walk to school in Greene County in celebration of International Walk to School Day. The actual date of International Walk to School Day is Oct. 5, but school officials have designated the first Friday in October as Walk to School Day for Greene County School System.More

October 7, 2011 - GCSS Walk to School Day!

Greene County Schools Walk to School Day will be the morning of Oct. 7. All students, staff, parents, and volunteers will be dropped off (by bus or car) at one location then walk together as a group to their school. Since this is a district-wide event that is a part of the BOE's wellness policy, EEE-Wellness Program, and the district's Strategic Plan, Goal Area #2- Community Relations, all students and staff are required to participate.

Last school year was the first time GCSS had participated in International Walk to School Day. Students and staff from Greene County Preschool, GES, CMS, and a select group of high school students walked along MLK Jr. Drive to their schools, while UPE students and staff walked along Dolvin Ave. to UPE. LOA students also participated in the Walk. As an award for walking, students received stickers and a Certificate of Participation.

Pictures from the 2011 Walk-to-School Day Event.

Walk to School Day - 2010

Greene County Schools to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 1, 2010

Greene County School System will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Friday, October 1, 2010. The actual date of the event is October 6, 2010, but because Greene County students were out of school for fall break, Superintendent Davis selected the Friday before fall break as  the International Walk to School Day for Greene County School System.More

Greene County students observe “Walk to School Day” - October 1, 2010

More than 1,700 Greene County students walked a half-mile to school on Friday in observance of Greene County School System Walk to School Day. This is the first year the school system has participated in the international event, which typically includes 5,000 schools from 50 states and walkers from 40 countries around the world.More

Safe Routes to School & International Walk to School Day

 CLICK HERE to read the information provided at the Board of Education Work Session held on September 13, 2010.

Union Point Elementary School - Introduces Safe Routes to School Plan

Pictures & Video from the 2010 Walk to School Day Event

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