Guest written by Mauricio Marin, CCSD Spokesperson
The Clark County School District (CCSD) is excited to once again promote Nevada Moves Week, observed May 3-7. This is an opportunity to highlight the benefits of safe walking and biking to and from school.
Whether a school plans a formal event or just encourages students to move, Nevada Moves Week is a fun way to get students and parents involved in physical activity.
In addition to Nevada Moves Week, CCSD’s Safe Routes to School staff is celebrating Bike to School Day, on May 5. Biking is yet another way of getting physical exercise needed for a healthy mind and body.
Safe Routes to School is an international program to encourage safe walking and bicycling to and from schools. Safe Routes to School is based on six principles, the 6 E’s:
The success of Safe Routes to School is due to a combined effort from parents, schools, community leaders, and state, local and federal governments – including valued partners such as the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada. One of the keys to this effort is to acknowledge barriers to safe walking and biking and then work to overcome them so that students can safely engage in these healthy activities.
Safe Routes to School events and activities throughout the year fit into CCSD’s five-year strategic plan – Focus: 2024. Studies show academic achievement scores are positively related to fitness levels and decrease absenteeism by providing a means of transportation.
Traci Traasdahl, CCSD’s Safe Routes to School coordinator, says that Nevada Moves Week and Bike to School Day are an important encouragement piece of Safe Routes to School’s mission. “We call it encouragement because we want to encourage parents to be ‘walk and roll’ models for their kids,” Traasdahl says.
Safe Routes to School offers incentives for students during the week to get out and move. During Nevada Moves Week, Traasdahl says, students and families are encouraged to become more physically active.
Traasdahl adds, “It never hurts to ask ourselves, ‘How long have we been sitting?’ Physical activity before school, such as walking and biking, gets students’ brains oxygenated and ready to learn. Plus, more walking and biking to school can help reduce morning rush hour traffic.”
Click here to learn more about the program and how to get involved.
To learn more about Nevada Moves Week and Bike to School Day, contact CCSD’s Safe Routes to School office at 702-799-6560, or click here to visit the Safe Routes to School website.