International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 9 – Community Advisory

International Walk to School Day is an annual event that promotes the benefits of walking to school. Children, parents, teachers, and community leaders in Takoma Park and around the world will join forces on October 9 to enhance child pedestrian safety, physical activity and strengthen community involvement. Celebrations in Takoma Park will involve three area schools: Takoma Park Elementary School, Piney Branch Elementary School and Takoma Park Middle School.

Takoma Park Middle School: Students will be met by parent volunteers at two stations on school grounds. Snacks and safety materials will be distributed. Students can sign up for a raffle. Expect increased numbers of walkers and bicyclists (scooters and skateboards, too).

7:15 am - Students start arriving.

7:55 am - School starts

Takoma Park Elementary School: Students, parents and staff will meet at the Community Center on Maple Avenue. They will walk together along Philadelphia Avenue to Holly Avenue.

8:30 am - Walkers meet at the Community Center, including Mayor Williams and Chief Goldberg

8:35 am - Brief remarks by Chief Goldberg, start walking

8:45 am - School starts

Piney Branch Elementary School: All Piney Branch students, including bus riders, will be dropped off at 7620 Maple Avenue. The students will assemble in the parking lot with their class. MCPS transportation has agreed to drop the students at the meeting spot. PBES patrols will be posted at all driveways and intersections.

8:45 am- Walkers arrive

9:05 am - Begin walking up Maple Avenue

9:15 am - Arrive at school, assemble in class groups; brief remarks, pledge of allegiance and safety patrol pledge

9:20 am - Students proceed to class

PLEASE BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS DRIVING ON THIS DATE AS THERE WILL BE MANY PEDESTRIANS, MOSTLY SCHOOL CHILDREN, WALKING. THANK YOU!

If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Neher, Coordinator, Safe Routes to School at lucyn@takomaparkmd.gov.