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.
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.
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.