Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Today is Walk to School Day!

Get on your walking shoes!  Today is Walk to School Day! 



Photo Courtesy of 3-b-s.org
Even if the bus or carpool has already left, give it a shot, take your kids out for a walk today!

According to the Walk to School Website:
It began as an idea...In 1997, the Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in Chicago, modeled after the United Kingdom’s lead. Back then, it was simply a day to bring community leaders and children together to create awareness of the need for communities to be walkable.


It evolved into a movement...By the year 2002, children, parents, teachers and community leaders in all 50 states joined nearly 3 million walkers around the world to celebrate the second annual International Walk to School Day. The reasons for walking grew just as quickly as the event itself.


Whether your concern is safer and improved streets, healthier habits, or cleaner air, Walk to School Day events are aimed at bringing forth permanent change to encourage a more walkable America — one community at a time.
Here's a math idea to incorporate on your walk today:



1. Keep logs of walking time or steps
2. Calculate speeds and distances
3. Compare individual and group averages, trends and statistical analyses (do boys or girls walk more?)
4. Create ratios by counting how many things you can see! (how many red cars are there v blue cars?) (how many buses v motorcycles?) (how many dogs v. squirrels?)

Remember....Those boots were made for walkin'!
http://www.walktoschool.org/

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