Even though Will Reinhart, Lake Bluff student, lives far from school, he got the chance to walk to school thanks to National Walk and Bike to School Day on October 7.
“We parked by the donut place and got donuts and then walked,” Reinhart said.
National Walk to and Bike to School Day is an event encouraging families and youth throughout the entire U.S. to exercise and spend time together and with their community. Shorewood elementary schools have been participating in this day for many years.
“The kids were really excited. Kids that normally don’t get a chance to walk to school so it was all really fun,” said Julia Holmes, Lake Bluff PTO co-president.
This year Lake Bluff’s PTO added many new events and activities that gave everyone the opportunity to participate.
“We took a note from the Atwater page and had kids walk over to Lake Bluff that usually get dropped off by bus. So they got to be a part of the fun,” Holmes said.
The SHS pep band played as students and families stood outside the school talking, dancing and signing.
“We have a small village so it makes sense to walk when you can,” said Rachel Ellerman, Lake Bluff parent.
As students walked in they were given a pencil that said “I walked to school today.”
“We walked so we got a pencil. And we got healthy. Plus, it’s fun,” said Estella Kruthoff, 2nd grade.
Eric Norland, Lake Bluff principal, said the day represented what Shorewood is all about.
“Shorewood is a walking community and the large majority of our students walk to school everyday,” said Eric Norland, Lake Bluff principal. “It is really a celebration of a culture that already exists here.”
According to Holmes, this year’s Walk to School Day has been the best ever received.
“We got the word out in different avenues this year,” Holmes said. “I think it generated a little more knowledge about the event and … we just tried to involve the parents, … which made it more special.”
by Katie Eder