On October 5, 2011, the Cleveland Elementary and N.E.W. Montessori schools joined millions of children, parents, teachers and community leaders around the globe in walking to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day.
With the sun brightly shining, staff members, students, and parents met at various sites throughout the village of Cleveland and joined in their trek to school, both walking and biking. Upon arrival, healthy breakfast treats were provided to all students by generous donations from Sargento Foods, AJ’s Produce, Natural Ovens, and the Cleveland/N.E.W. Montessori PTA.
A School Walk-a-thon was also held in conjunction with "Walk to School" day. The students walked an 8-block area, which is along the fenced area of the school grounds three times, of which they walked a total of 24 blocks.
As a fundraising incentive, for every $20.00 that a student raised, their name was entered into a drawing for prizes. Winners were chosen at an all-school assembly on Friday, October 21. Prizes included:
- a $100 Gift card to Target donated by PTA
- a $50.00 savings bond donated by Cleveland State Bank
- an LTC sweatshirt donated by Lakeshore Technical College
- an LTC hat donated by Lakeshore Technical College
- a $25 movie certificate donated by Bonde’s
With past proceeds, the PTA has sponsored the following:
Lyceum programs; class field trips; annual school yearbook; student book publishing; author visits; end of year program and lunch; school dance; basketball, soccer, Spanish, pom, volleyball and wrestling clinics; Halloween party; movie night; exercise/wellness events; DARE graduation; Appreciation Week for staff; school equipment; birthday books; additional books for library; digital cameras for the school; iPod touches for classrooms; Holiday Shoppe; vision/hearing screening; classroom gatherings; computer lab equipment; playground equipment; memory for computers…just to name a few.
This year, the Walk-a-thon raised a total of $2852.00 to use toward these programs and other programs to benefit the students.
"Walk to School" events were held throughout the district and in many surrounding communities. The events are being used as the first step to change community culture and create environments that are more inviting for everyone, young and old. Supporting walk to school programs helps to enhance the health of kids, to improve air quality and the environment and to create safer routes for walking and biking..