Walk to School Details, Wednesday, October 10th

Happy kids, happy teachers!


Bonny Slope and BSCO join the international Walk to School day initiative, this year on Wednesday, October 10th. Walking to school provides children with another way to get the healthy exercise they need. Morning exercise has been found to help increase focus during school.

Since Bonny Slope was founded in 2008, there has been progress made on routes to school with sidewalks, paved pathways, and widened shoulders added. More work is still needed, but here we will explore the existing walkable routes.

We still need some leaders to guide the troops. This is a nice beginning of the year event and often parents can squeeze it in before heading to work.

Click here to volunteer to walk a route!

How does it work? 

There are six different starting locations that you can meet at. K-2nd grade children should walk with an adult (either you or someone you arranged for them), and 3rd-5th graders are allowed to join by themselves at your discretion. At each location a few leaders will guide the walk which starts around 7:50.  The walk takes 15-20 minutes. Once they get to school, they head to the field area and have a warm welcome with some nice treats. Choose a starting point close to your house. No need to sign up, just show up, rain or shine! If you live close to school, but not near a route, you can come to school as normal or try to get in line, somewhere along the six routes. 

Trader Joe & New Seasons were very kind to provide apples for our walkers as well as BSCO President, Ashish Gupta, who plucked apples to make sure we have plenty. The national and local Walk & Roll organizations provided the stickers and pencils. A big thanks to them all!

Walking Routes

  • East Route - 7:50am - NW Harding Ct & NW Robinia Ln
  • North Route - 7:50am - NW Talon Terrace & NW Blackhawk Dr
  • Northeast Route - 7:50am - Bonny Slope Park on NW Thompson Rd
  • South Route - 7:50am - NW Coleman Dr & NW 119th Ave
  • Vintage Neighborhood - 7:50am - NW Appellate Way & NW Supreme Ct
  • West Route - 8:00am - NW Big Fir Cir & NW McDaniel Rd

See the interactive map on our webpage.

Walk & Roll

All children who come by bike or bus are also considered to be part of this event! (Note: Biking is not guided by our volunteers.) Riding the bus helps to reduce the car congestion around school. All “rolling” kids—bus riders and bikers—are also welcome to head over to the field area and get a treat!

Park & Walk

If you have to drive your children there are still options. You may drive to the starting area of a walking route, for example Bonny Slope Park, and let your kids join the walk. If you don't need to accompany your children (3rd-5th graders) you can leave once they are with the group. This will help lower the traffic around school between 8:00 and 8:30. If you can’t make a walking route please take extra care when driving with all the walking and biking activity. Weather permitting, children who got rides may be able to walk around the track and get their treat as well.

Let's celebrate and encourage

If you live near a route, please help put a smile on our children's faces by raising your flag and putting up encouraging decorations or chalk drawings. Please be careful when backing up from your drive way and inform your neighbors to do the same. 

Last but not least, walking to school is a great habit which is safer when children walk together. This event is definitely fun and engaging, so let’s work to find buddies that our children can keep walking with for this school year and beyond!

More information and questions
Sign up as volunteer for this one!

Cheers, to healthy habits!
Marieke Pepers
Committee lead, Walk to school 2018.

Volunteers Needed for Walk to School Day on Oct 10th

Looking for that perfect volunteering opportunity early morning? (check off your daily dose of activity, plus it's okay to do it in your active wear!)

Seeking ways to activate your kids? (get them outdoors, show them a healthy lifestyle, and release their morning mood)

Explore who's also living on your route to school? (since the student directory is not yet available)

Join us for International Walk to School Day on October 10 to chaperone students and help out with the event!

Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0c4baba92babf85-walk

Note: Chaperones help lead the routes, but are not responsible for individual students. K-3 students must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

For more information on times and routes, check out http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/walk

Other questions? Contact walktoschool@bonnyslopebsco.org

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 is Walk to School Day

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Wednesday October 4, 2017 - International Walk to School Day - Come walk rain or shine!!!

Wednesday, October 4th is Walk to School Day! This annual event, celebrated by thousands of schools internationally, promotes walking (or biking) for several reasons:

  • Increase physical activity
  • Reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools - Increase community and school area traffic safety
  • Teach safe transportation skills to children
  • Increase awareness of Bonny Slope's walkability
  • This is a fun annual event and a great way to kick off an active year while engaging with neighbors and friends!!!

Route Information

Meet at one the following times and locations and leave 5 minutes later:

  • East Route - 7:50am - NW Harding Ct & NW Robinia Ln
  • North Route - 7:50am - NW Talon Terrace & NW Blackhawk Dr
  • Northeast Route - 7:50am - Bonny Slope Park on NW Thompson Rd
  • South Route - 7:50am - NW Coleman Dr & NW 119th Ave
  • Vintage Neighborhood - 7:50am - NW Appellate Way & NW Supreme Ct
  • West Route (UPDATED) - 8:00am - NW Big Fir Cir & NW McDaniel Rd

Let’s Arrive about 8:15 am at Bonny Slope Track (or under covered playground for rain)
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, stickers and an apple.  Bring water bottles w/you.

If you have questions, please email Shannon Bekins and Leslie Zagelow at walktoschool@bonnyslopebsco.org.

Important Safety Information for Walkers

Walk to School is NOT a drop-off event.  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 to school without supervision can do so.  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!

The Washington County Sheriff's Department has been asked to provide crosswalk assistance for the East route at NW Harding & McDaniel Rd. Practice care at all street crossings and stay on sidewalks!!!