Walk to School Day was very successful in 2010. We had to cancel the first date scheduled because of heavy rain swamping the park. Luckily, rescheduling to a Friday afternoon turned out to be fortuitous. Our turn out was high from BOTH the Intermediate School and the Middle School. It was so high, in fact, that we ran out of hot chocolate and breakfast treats. Next year, we will prepare for more morning walkers. This is great news; we’ve increased the number of children walking TO school many fold since last year’s event.
The after school “Walk to Town” festival included over 100 middle school students this year. The Chagrin Falls Historical Society put together a scavenger hunt throughout town. Students competed both as teams and individually. The children from Chagrin Falls Intermediate School – 140 of them! – arrived at the park behind our trademark Safe Routes Chicken. They visited booths sponsored by local fitness businesses ranging from Kuk Sol Do to ballet. They also had healthy snacks provided by our local business. We had a contest for the heaviest backpack carried. The winner’s backpack weighed 14 lbs. That’s a LOT of schoolwork!