EMCSD Participates in National Walk to School Day
On a bright and shining Wednesday morning every school in the El Monte City School District participated in National Walk to School Day. Students were led by principals, teachers, parents and staff as “walking school buses” paraded down the sidewalks of El Monte. A delightful sight to see!
EMCSD Superintendent Dr. Maribel Garcia walked with Cortada School. She said, “This is a wonderful event that brings the community together through a fun healthy activity. I am definitely enjoying the morning.”
Third grader Azaneth Martinez, who also served as Garcia’s walking partner, exclaimed “This is the best morning ever!”
Nora Torres, Cortada’s Community Liaison, along with several parent volunteers, gave participants bright orange plastic water bottles before the walk. Torres enthusiastically encouraged all the participants and reminded them of the raffle at the end of the walk.
Principal Brenda Ruiz, wearing a neon green vest, happily led the whole the group from Lashbrook Park to Cortada School. She commented, “This is a great event and it gets everyone involved in simple exercise – walking!”
Scenes similar to this were replicated at all 14 schools in the district. By 8:00am all EMCSD students were ready to start their school day after an energizing walk. The community totally embraced the idea and eagerly looks forward to next year’s walk.
Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Watch for us next year. Or better yet, join us!