Sagebrush Observes International Walk to School Day

Sagebrush Elementary School is partnering with the Wellness Council of Sheridan County for Walk This Way, International Walk to School Day on October 8, 2014. Walking to school is a great way for kids to get exercise and reduce traffic congestion near schools. The goal of Walk This Way (International Walk to School Day) is to increase walking and to teach students the about safely walking to school.

Sagebrush School is asking for parent involvement by asking parents to:
• Participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8, by walking child(ren) to Sagebrush Elementary School or dropping them off at Sheridan High School’s front entrance.
• Take note of any pedestrian hazards (no sidewalks, no crosswalk, etc.) along the route your child takes to school.
• Set a good example by putting devices down when you are driving or walking around cars. If we put our devices down, our kids are more likely to do the same.

Child(ren) that are dropped off at Sheridan High School (SHS) between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. will be escorted to Sagebrush Elementary School by SHS students. In order to ensure the route is as safe as possible, the route Sagebrush/SHS students will take will be marked and monitored by the Sheridan Police Department.

Here are some additional helpful tips for walking safely with children:
• Developmentally, most kids can’t judge speeds and distances until at least age 10, so younger kids need to cross with an adult.
• Whenever possible, cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
• Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street, and keep looking and listening while crossing.
• Remove headphones when crossing the street and if you need to use your phone, stop walking.
• Distraction among drivers is at an all-time high today, so try to make eye contact with the driver before you step into the road.