2017-10-11 / News from our Schools

KES catches the ‘Walking Bus’

By Dee Menear Irregular Staff Writer


More than a dozen Kingfield Elementary School students opted to ride their bikes to school for National Walk to School Day. (Madi Faraday photo) More than a dozen Kingfield Elementary School students opted to ride their bikes to school for National Walk to School Day. (Madi Faraday photo) KINGFIELD — Students at Kingfield Elementary School were among thousands of Maine school children who celebrated the benefits and fun of walking and biking to school Thursday, Oct. 4 by taking part in National Walk to School Day. Madi Faraday, KES nurse, said this is the ninth year the school has taken part in the event with almost 90 students either walking to school or riding their bike.

Bussed participants were dropped of at the Kingfield Town Park for the walk to school. Older students who wanted to bike were able to join KES staff Erica Luce, Tom McCafferty and Bernadette Harvel for a ride through town before school.

“We had 74 walkers and 14 riders,” noted Faraday. Exceptionally impressive participation numbers for a school with about 140 students.

After arriving at school, there were snacks to be enjoyed and Walk & Bike to School activities to take part in. “All teachers and staff joined in the fun. Cookie and her ‘helpers’ set snacks out for this group of adventurers,” stated Faraday.

The annual event is co-sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, Maine Safe Routes to School Program and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The National Center is committed to empowering communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe, appealing, preferred choice for families.

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