Teach Your Children Well

This is just one of 3 full bike-parking areas surrounding the Dommerich Elementary building. Photo by Julie Fletcher.

This morning was the kick-off of Walk n’ Roll Wednesdays at Dommerich Elementary in Maitland. It was a sight to see! Despite the gloomy, sticky weather this morning, scores of students and parents walked, biked and scooted to school together.

Based on the Walking School Bus concept, the program encourages students to use their own energy to get to school. The ultimate goal is to create a culture where children who are not eligible for bus service walk or bike to school.

Congratulations to Michelle Sartor, Jody Lazar, Jeanie Redmon and the Dommerich PTA for a terrific program and successful kickoff event!

If you’d like to create a program like this in your neighborhood, the Winter Park Health Foundation is hosting a free program, How to Help Kids Walk and Bike to School Safely Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 23 at Leu Gardens in Orlando.  Dommerich parents Michelle Sartor and Jody Lazar, who launched Walk n’ Roll, will talk about their experiences. RSVPs are required for attendance at the workshop – email RSVPs to wphf@wphf.org

The workshop is part of the Winter Park Health Foundation’s Think•Act•Be Healthy Communities Initiative.