I-WALK PROJECT FOCUSES ON SCHULER STUDENTS
(ATLANTIC) Cass County Public Health, Schuler Elementary, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and Iowa State University Extension are partners in an I-WALK project designed to increase the numbers of students that walk or bike to school.
“We’re really just trying to examine what barriers there are to kids walking or biking to school and we know when kids do that they arrive at school more ready to learn, the traffic issues go down at those locations because you have less vehicles, and from a public health perspective we’re getting people more active and moving and for our children that is very important, it may be some of the only activity they get that day,” said Coder.
Cass County Community Health Coordinator Denise Coder said last fall Schuler Elementary teachers tallied the various ways children in their classrooms got to school. Over 30-percent of the students reported walking or biking to school.
Coder said project partners are now requesting that parents of Schuler Elementary students complete a “Parent/Child Survey” located at www.i-walk.org by March 2nd.
“It kind of gives us their input into why their student may or may not walk or bike to school,” said Coder. “They identify routes that they might take and that will help us as we move forward, take a closer look at those routes and make sure that they are safe for the kids and they are very walk able.”
Parents without internet access may call 243-7475 to obtain a paper copy of the survey.
Denise Coder said they are also welcoming parent and child participation in further planning for the project; anyone interested may call her at 243-7475.