July 19, 2019

Smart Transportation Week at HMMS

Smart Transportation Week at HMMS DATE: 05-07-2015

May 7, 2015- Initiated by the Student Council, HMMS hosted a “Smart Transportation Week” encouraging peers to bike, walk, take the bus or carpool to school all week long. Students reasoned, “Studies show that students who walk or bike to school arrive more alert and ready to learn. Biking and walking - and taking the bus and carpooling too - helps reduce pollution and traffic, saves money, and is fun too!”

Perhaps the highlight of the week was Wednesday’s “Bike & Walk to School Day,” when an impressive 250 students biked, walked, skated or rolled to school!

Organizers called upon HMMS teachers to act as chaperones to safely guide students to school for this healthy transportation effort. For students coming from farther away who may not be able to safely walk or ride to school, buses dropped those students off at nearby local community spots, the White River Co-Op Food Store and the Wilder Park & Ride, so that they could have a chance to participate. There was also a chaperoned bike route from Dothan Brook School to HMMS.

A friendly competition granted points daily to participants and their teams: bikers and walkers 3 points; bussers 2 points; and carpoolers 1 point. The team with the most points at the end of the week earns a prize. As an added bonus, in the weeks leading up to the event, the Bike Hub in Norwich offered a 10% discount on helmets and apparel to student-participants and parent-volunteers.

-Alexis Nelson