Walk To School Day Is October 8

Fire up your feet for International Walk to School Day on October 8th!

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If this is your route (see map):
West Route- NW Bauer Woods, Lorraine & Woodrose
East Route-Bonny Slope Park on NW Thompson Rd
Southeast Route- NW Barrett Way & NW Robinia (sheriff’s crossing at McDaniel)
Let’s Meet @7:45am! Look for BEST volunteers to lead the way!
Let’s Walk @7:55am!

If this is your route (see map):
North Route-NW West Rd & NW Talon Terrace
South Route-NW Coleman & NW 119th 
Let’s Meet @7:55am! Look for BEST volunteers to lead the way!
Let’s Walk @8:05am!

Let’s Arrive @8:15am at Bonny Slope Track (or under covered playground for rain)!

Even if you live too close to join a formal route, you are still welcome to join the fun at the track.  Students can pick a raffle ticket, a small prize and apple.  Bring water bottles w/you!  

Let’s Celebrate!

Students need to walk the track upon arrival to keep things moving.  Principal Maza has arranged for bagpipes to greet us on arrival!

Let’s Raffle!

Principal Maza will announce raffle winners @8:20am, so stay out on the track to see if you win so you can claim your prize!

New this year-Fire Up Your Feet is offering awards to help build our Safe Routes to School program. Help BSE win by tracking at least one walking activity for yourself and one for your child/ren anytime during the month of October. Any k-8 school with more than 25 participants will be entered into a drawing for an award. Sign up to participate at www.fireupyourfeet.org.

If you have questions or want to help lead a route, please email BEST lead Jenny Pompilio at jpompilio@usa.net or call/text (503) 307-5544.

Important Safety Information for Walkers

Walk to School is NOT a drop-off event, and is not officially sponsored by Bonny Slope Elementary or the Beaverton School District.  You must walk with your child, or make arrangements for a responsible adult to be in charge of them.  The only exception is older students who normally walk or bike to school without supervision can do soon.  BEST chaperones help lead the routes, but are not responsible for individual students.  

Be smart and alert. Avoid dangerous behaviors!

  • Don't cross any street unless your parents have given you permission to do so.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk or approved trails. If you must walk on the street because there are no sidewalks, stay on the outside shoulder and face traffic.
  • Don't assume cars will stop for you. Make eye contact with the driver; don't just look at the car. If a driver is distracted, they may not be paying attention!
  • Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look twice before crossing a road.
  • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots, near on-street parking spaces, and when sidewalks cross driveways.

Be safe and be seen. Make yourself visible to drivers!

  • Wear bright or light colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Be careful at crossings. Look before you step, corners demand more attention!

  • Cross streets only at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, even if it has a signal.
  • Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure that the driver sees you and will stop.
  • Look across all lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Just because one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes see you and will stop for you.
  • Don't wear headphones or talk on cell phones while walking, especially when crossing a street.
  • Follow the directions of the crossing guard when you arrive at school crosswalks!

Assistance from the Sheriff's Office
Deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office will provide crosswalk assistance at school and for the Southeast route at NW Harding and NW McDaniel Rd.