Walk Bike Berks
PRESS RELEASE
October 5, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nancy Kauffman
Walk Bike Berks
610-582-6871
info@walkbikeberks.org www.walkbikeberks.org/walk-to-school
WalkBikeBerks Leads Walk to School
8 in Berks will lead children in Celebration of Safety and Health during International Walk to School Month -- October 2010!
Berks County, Pennsylvania - October 5, 2010 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8 Community Leaders in Berks County will celebrate safety and health through Walk to School Month celebrations!

In an effort to fight childhood obesity, the nonprofit WalkBikeBerks will celebrate Walk or Bike (or Roll) to School Month throughout October. The effort will also show parents and children how physical activity can improve weight management and promote transportation equity.
ANTIETAM: Michele Bleacher, Mt. Penn Elementary Center Assistant Principal has been leading the Mount Penn Elementary Walking School Bus for three years. Mrs. Bleacher says, "Mt Penn started The Walking School Bus as part of a Safe Routes to School Grant. We never thought we would encourage over 100 students and parents to walk to school. The students find it fun, the parents love the excitement the students show, and the teachers enjoy the chance to walk through the community." Mount Penn Elementary Center's 3rd Annual Walk To School Event will be October 6 at 7:45 AM beginning at Redner's Market Warehouse, 801 Carsonia Ave, Reading, PA.
Contacts: Bob Hospidor, WalkBikeBerks Board member and BCTV Host - bhospidor@walkbikeberks.org or Michele Bleacher, Assistant Principal, Mount Penn Elementary -mbleacher@antietamsd.org For Directions call (610) 779-3547
BOYERTOWN: "My own community, Fairbrook, is celebrating simply," reports Michele Barrett, Founder of WalkBikeBerks. Combined Gilbertsville and New Hanover Elementary School Students in the Fairbrook Community of Boyertown School District walk 7:30 AM - 7:55 AM; Fairbrook Community, 100 Fairbrook Dr., Gilbertsville, PA 19525-8671. "I am asking all of my friends and neighbors and you to join me on the morning of October 6 at 7:30 AM to walk with our own children safely to the school bus stop -- an event very important to me. I began my advocacy efforts because my children were not safe on 47th Street in Exeter Township. We could not walk just a 1/2 suburban block to a designated school bus stop because there were no accommodations for pedestrians (young children in preschool and kindergarten) along a very busy street. Contact: Michele Barrett, WalkBikeBerks Safe Routes to School Coordinator 610-323-2999.
DANIEL BOONE: Birdsboro Elementary Center will partner with WalkBikeBerks for their very first International Walk To School Day event. Birdsboro Mayor Myers, Interim Manager Aaron Durso, WalkBikeBerks President Nancy Kaufman, Principal Mary Beth Kiesel, Physical Education Teacher Dee Stamy, and parents will walk to school together for this special event. "SRTS promotes a sense of community while at the same time it is a healthy activity for our children, and it is good for the environment by reducing emissions and traffic congestion. Besides being an avid walker, I am walking to show my support for the school and my community," answers Nancy Kauffman, Birdsboro Councilwoman. Birdsboro's National Walk to School Day will be held October 6 (rain date October 7), at 7:45. This Walking Route can be found on this link http://www.dboone.k12.pa.us/News/Pages/09-27-10%20NationalWalktoSchoolDay.aspx:.
Contact: Nancy Kauffman, WalkBikeBerks President at nkauffman@walkbikeberks.org, 610-582-6871.
EXETER TOWNSHIP: When asked why he is leading an International WAlk to School Day celebration, Mr. Mark A. Ricketts replies, "WALKING IS THE FIRST STEP TO HEALTHY LIVING!" We couldn't agree more. Lorane Elementary School, Exeter School District, 699 Rittenhouse Dr., will have activities throughout the school day led by contact Mr. Mark Ricketts- Physical Education- MARicketts@exeter.k12.pa.us or 610-582-8608 (ext. 4179 ).

Some Exeter Township School District parents have organized their own walk to school event for the morning of October 6th. Jeremy Slonaker, who supports Safe Routes to School feels that "Walking to school with our kids is a great time to spend with our children. We also like it as it's teaching them to be independent and that a motor vehicle isn't necessary for every trip we take." Tracy Slonaker will walk from Prestwick Dr to Lorane Elementary with her children and friends. To view Walk To School, follow the link below: http://www.mapmyrun.com/view_route?r=971128623752731902 Contact: Tracy Slonaker at tjslonaker@verizon.net.
On October 6, Christy Staudt will do what we hope in the future becomes the new trend: She will walk out her front door with her children and walk with them to school. She has invited some of her friends and their children to join her. Christy Staudt will walk from Farming Ridge Development to Jacksonwald Elementary.

FLEETWOOD: Willow Creek Elementary students, families, and teachers will celebrate Walk to School Month with WalkBikeBerks during an Active Assembly on October 13. School Nurse Julie Knabb explains, " For several years we had many students walk in Walking School Bus programs, but now with the new school being an added distance from homes that has reduced that number to a handful, We want to encourage more families to walk again because research shows that regular exercise fuels the body and the brain, enabling students to function better physically and mentally during their day. '" Willow Creek Elementary School, 605 Crisscross Road, Fleetwood will celebrate Walk at School Day on October 13, 9:30-10:30AM. The entire school of 500 plus will participate in an assembly and a walk. Contact: Julie Knabb, School Nurse: 610-944-8404 Fax 610-944-5341 or Lori M. Koehler, Principal of Willow Creek Elementary or Michele Barrett, WalkBikeBerks Safe Routes to School Coordinator 610-323-2999

Go beyond your Walk to School event to support safe walking and bicycling all year long with Safe Routes to School programs. New Federal legislation has recognized the value of ongoing walking and bicycling and is providing funding for states to establish programs. To join kids and schools around the globe who are walking and bicycling to school during International Walk to School Month, visit
http://www.walktoschool.org/.

WalkBikeBerks is working to make walking and bicycling safe, practical and convenient transportation and recreation options for all citizens and visitors of Berks County, PA.

We envision an intermodal transportation system that enriches quality of life and strengthens the community by providing mobility for all, regardless of motor vehicle ownership, age or ability. Regional planning that includes bicycle and pedestrian transportation spurs community interaction while protecting the open spaces and unique characteristics of this area for future generations.
Our positive partnerships with area government entities and other organizations perpetuate on-going bicycle and pedestrian improvements through engineering, education, encouragement and enforcement programs.

WalkBikeBerks is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable Member Organization. We are an organization of volunteers working together to build a better Berks County. Join us.
You can contact WalkBikeBerk at:
PO Box 6795, Wyomissing, PA 19610
610-582-6871
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