WCSD Celebrates National Walk to School Day with Safety Messages, Healthy Habits

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell




WCSD Celebrates National Walk to School Day with

Safety Messages, Healthy Habits


Reno, NV (September 28, 2021) – The Washoe County School District will celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday, September 29. This annual event provides a great opportunity to reinforce safety messages to students, families, and the community, and to encourage everyone to protect the safety of students who are walking or bicycling to school. Participants will walk and bike to school in small groups while following COVID-19 mitigation guidelines.

“We look forward to this event every year as we spread messages about how students, families, and staff members can include safe and healthy exercise habits in their everyday lives,” said MJ Cloud, coordinator for Safe Routes to School. “Walking or biking to and from school together is a nice way to begin and end each day, and we encourage our families to give it a try.”

“We remind students and motorists alike that they need to share the roadways, be aware of everyone else who is on the sidewalks and streets, and use caution at all times,” said WCSD School Police Chief Jason Trevino. “We will be turning back the clocks at the beginning of November, so there will be fewer daylight hours when students are walking and biking to and from school. We want everyone to stay safe.”

“Safety is our highest priority as a District, and the Walk to School is one of my favorite events of the year,” said WCSD Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill. “It’s a great time to get some outdoor exercise, reinforce safety messages, and spend time together on the way to and from school.”

National Walk to School Day events are a collaborative effort between WCSD, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC), and Renown Regional Medical Center. Students at participating schools will receive incentives like water bottles, stickers, and pencils printed with safety messages. Teachers also incorporate the messages in their daily lessons.

“I love the way our teachers find ways to creatively emphasize these lessons for our students of all ages,” said Cloud. “They encourage the students to write about what they see and hear on their trips to school and use math and mapping skills to calculate the distance they travel. They know how important these lessons are for everyone’s safety, and we can always count on our teachers to find “teachable moments in these critically important lessons.”


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What: Students, staff, and families will celebrate National Walk to School Day by gathering at Van Meter Park in Sparks and walking in small groups to Katherine Dunn Elementary School.

When: Wednesday, September 29

            8:30 a.m.

Meeting Place: Van Meter Park

             1300 O’Callaghan Dr.


Walk to: Katherine Dunn Elementary School

               1135 O’Callaghan Dr.


Who:  Board President Dr. Angie Taylor

           Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill

           School Police Chief Jason Trevino

           Principal Allison Fannin, Katherine Dunn Elementary School

           Sparks City Council Member Dian VanderWell, Ward 2

           Rebecca Kapuler, RTC Senior Planner

           Students and families




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