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Answers to PT's "Walk Your Child to School Day" Event

Answers to PT's "Walk Your Child to School Day" Event



The Vision: 500 parents & caregivers from amongst Port Townsend’s K-8 schools giving extra time, attention & care to their kids during a spring walk to school, while also meeting other families in ...

The Vision: 500 parents & caregivers from amongst Port Townsend’s K-8 schools giving extra time, attention & care to their kids during a spring walk to school, while also meeting other families in their neighborhoods.



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  • Walk Your Childto School Day Wed, May 4th, 2011 Port Townsend, WA
  • The Vision500 parents & caregiversfrom amongst Port Townsend’sK-8 schools giving extra time,attention & care to their kidsduring a spring walk toschool, while also meetingother families in theirneighborhoods.
  • Why?To help children feel special, know that theyare loved & strengthen family bonds.To deepen community by meetingother neighborhood families.To promote healthy living & more sustainabletransportation.To connect to the beauty & life of ones localenvironment.To inspire & support an ongoing tradition &enrich local schools
  • Where did this idea come from? Hi, I’m Leif Hansen, father of Zinnia Hansen, a 2nd grader at PT’s OPEPO. The truth is that while I highly value having quality time with Zin each day, I often don’t spend as much time as I’d like to with her. Sound familiar? One thing we usually do at least once a week is to walk to school together -it’s a really simple & sweet time together that I love. Thankfully I live close enough and have my own business, which makes it easy enough to pull off. The idea for “Walk Your Child to School Day” was a combination of:noticing that there were rarely any other parents getting to walk theirchildren to schoolnoticing the smiling faces of those walking or driving by when they saw usZin & I walkinghaving a business whose mission is to spark transformation for individuals,communities & organizations helpedbeing involved in a personal development program that also involvedparticipants creating a project that benefits a community
  • Excited to get involved? If you have a child, sign up to walk them! Volunteer to be a walk-buddy for parents who can’t make it that day (must have a child enrolled in PT school distrcit) Volunteer to be a Neighbor Coordinator for parents who are unable to walk their child or who have other questions. (If the above links are inactive visit: http://www.sparkinteraction.com/walkday ) Spread the word to other parents Best way is to share in person that you’re doing it and to encourage them to join you OR Send them to www.SparkInteraction.com/walkday for info OR Send them an email with an invitation to join you
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • What if I live too far away?No problem, you can run...harharhar!  There are a number of creative possibilities foryou, but an obvious answer would be to bike ordrive part way and then walk the distance youfeel comfortable walking.  A nice 10-30 minutewalk is what wed recommend.
  • But I work!How can I ask my workplace for support? We know that there are circumstances where it can be very difficult, or near impossible, to participate.  Wed encourage you to think outside the box though and consider a few possibilities: Imagine you were an employer and your employee said "Do you mind if I take an hour off so I can walk with my child to school for the Walk to Your Child to School Day"?  Exactly. You can send your employer/workplace the flyer and/or the following example letter... Take a day off and combine this with something else youve been wanting to do Even if you cant do it yourself, there are benefits to your child still participating and walking with another family.  If you dont know someone personally you could ask, you can check the "Walk Buddy" list and see if theres someone in your area who makes a good fit.
  • One or Both Parents?Theres no right answer to this question.  Theprimary goal of this event is for our childrento feel special & to know that they are loved.  From that angle, if possible, it would bewonderful to have the whole family -evengrandparents, cousins, uncles and aunts :)  However, participating with one parent/guardianor your child’s friend’s parent is just asperfect!
  • What if I have more than one child in differentSounds like youre going to get some goodexercise that day! :)  Seriously though, youreoptions in this case would be to choose one ofthem (wed recommend the younger one or theone who you think the walk would be moremeaningful to), to have one parent/guardiansplit the job, or to check our "walk-buddies"resource for other available parents/guardiansin your neighborhood.
  • How is this different from theINTL "Walk to School" programWell, first of all, I wasnt even aware of the programuntil I started doing research for my own event.  Atfirst, being the type who likes to "think of ideas first", Ifelt a bit deflated.  But then I realized: a. Thatsstupid...especially since we dont have it happening herein Port Townsend (though it is happening at dozens ofother schools in Washington) and b. Their missionsemphasis is different from mine. WtS seems to beprimarily concerned with issues of health &sustainability, while that is a secondary benefit for whatI envisioned.