Childhood obesity is becoming a national epidemic. Over the past 30 years, the percentage of overweight 6-11 year-olds has more than doubled
About 14 percent of young people report no recent physical activity. "Walk Your Child to School Day" events promote and foster awareness on both the importance of regular physical activity, pedestrian safety and sound nutrition.
On October 7, 2009, the schools joined millions of children, parents, teachers and community leaders around the globe in walking to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day
Over 92% of the students at Cleveland Elementary and NEW Montessori Schools walked or biked to school along with their families and met staff members at various spots in the Village to walk to school together
Police Chief Barber patrolled to oversee the traffic and also set up the speed board to monitor driver's speeds around the school area.
To add to the excitement of the day's walks, staff and students cheered on other students as they arrived.
Upon arrival the students were treated to a breakfast of apples and apple cider, donated by Whispering Orchards; bagels and muffins donated by Cleveland and NEW Montessori parents.