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Chatsworth Walk to School Week Has Hundreds Pounding Pavement

Almost 300 Chatsworth students walked or biked to school each day during the Mamaroneck School District’s Spring Walk to School Week from May 17-21. Dry, mild weather and a new “frequent walker/biker” program helped increase participation in the annual event.

At Chatsworth Elementary School, students of all ages took to the sidewalks, and parents were urged to leave the family car at home for the week. Walking to school was billed as a way to save gas and an opportunity for parents to talk to their children and get them ready for their day.

Children won bicycle helmets in a raffle for those who walked or biked each day during Walk to School week.

As an added incentive to participate in the spring initiative, each student at Chatsworth was given a “frequent walker/biker” card to attach to a backpack. Parent volunteers were on hand to punch cards of all students who walked or biked to school each morning. At the end of the week, students who completed their punch cards dropped them in a raffle box.

Four winners were drawn from nearly 300 participants. Each winner received a new bike helmet from Miller’s Bike Shop, donated by the Larchmont Police Benevolent Association.

The winners included three kindergartners: David Belisle, Nathan Cabrera and Teddy Messerle; and one second grader: William Webb.

Liz Fitzgerald volunteers with the Chatsworth PTA Safe Routes to School program.

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4 comments to Chatsworth Walk to School Week Has Hundreds Pounding Pavement

  • I live near Chatsworth school and love to walk. But as a senior I can tell you one can break one’s neck walking as the sidewalks are so badly in need of repairs.
    I think it is very important to have streets that are in good repair and i would like to see something done before the bad weather sets in again. the streets on Bayard have uprooted the pavement to such an extent one can not walk safely there. I see older people walking in the middle of the streets due to this problem. please let me know if others feel the way I do.
    Having lived here many years and paying high taxes this needs to be addressed if you want people to walk safely instead of using their cars.

  • Bill Forsyth

    I agree wholeheartedly with Pauline. I’m one of the adults that often walks in the street to avoid the sidewalk on Beach Avenue, and especially the last block between Addison and Larchmont Avenue. It’s narrow and uneven, to say the least, and especially dangerous and slippery when it’s raining or icy. I think the least we can do for the children walking to Chatsworth is to make sure the sidewalk isn’t a hazard to them.

  • Heroes

    No kidding ! they walked to school EVERY DAY for ONE FULL WEEK. THose kids are heroes. THeir parents too. WHat an achievement ! they deserve prizes, such as a new car for each. I am truly impressed by the moral strength and physical abilities of this bunch. I used to walk or bike to the Larchmont train station from OVER THE BOSTON POST ROAD every day for 8 years, what do I get ? the Congress Medal ?

  • Sushi Says

    Dear “Heroes” – We all did accomplish the same feat as you did way back when….. But today life is very different in the suburbs for many school children. We realize that walking to school seems like a simple act and is not a big deal to any of us who always walked to school – for 12+ years.

    However, this program is designed to encourage a return to just that again – to combat childhood obesity rates and to get away from our reliance upon cars and transportation as a sole means for getting around. In other words, today’s kids need to adopt SOME of the better habits that we had as kids growing up. Because of our fast paced society few people take the time to walk anywhere today – and this program is encouraging a return to those ideals…

    As for incentives – well that’s a generational thing. I needed incentives to do certain things as a kid, such as completing chores. But usually those incentives were met w/ a dollar bill or worse, a shiny quarter.

    “The times they are a changin’……”