Thursday, May 17, 2012
It was a great morning to walk to school!
In the second-to-last day of Vienna's Bike/Walk Challenge, record numbers of elementary school students hit the streets on their way to school Thursday morning. Today's total was 1,317. The number of kids biking, walking or scooting to school this morning even topped yesterday's grand total of 1256. Stay tuned to Vienna Patch on Friday. We'll be announcing the big winner that afternoon. Thursday's Counts Overall: Percentage of School Population Percent of population participating (Thursday)
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The sunny weather helped bring out the largest numbers so far this week.
The third day of Vienna's Bike/Walk challenge Wednesday brought the week's first full morning of sunny skies, which likely helped set a new single-day record of 1,256 students from five elementary schools walking, biking or scootering to class. The numbers beat Tuesday's participation of 1,050 students, which nearly doubled Monday's turnout of 582 students. The highest single-day total in last year's contest, between three elementary schools, was 644 students. Marshall Road Elementary and Vienna Elementary School logged the highest numbers of bikers on Wednesday. VES PE teacher Jon Sidilau biked in with nine students from southwest Vienna on the bike train led by PTA President Kathy Clark. Here are the full results: Wednesday's Counts …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
New single-day record Tuesday for Vienna schools' challenge
The second day of Vienna's Bike/Walk challenge set a new single-day record Tuesday, as 1,050 students from five elementary schools walked, biked or scootered to class. The highest single-day total in last year's contest, between three elementary schools, was 644 students. Tuesday's participation also nearly doubled Monday's turnout of 582 students. Vienna Elementary School Principal John Carmichael surprised students this morning by joining them on the sidewalk; School Board member Pat Hynes joined Wolftrap Elementary School students as they walked to class. Tuesday's numbers showed not only an increase in total students, but also in the percentage of schools' designated walkers — those who live within a mile of the building — taking on …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Five schools will participate in this year's local competition
Even steady rain didn't deter Vienna students from hitting the street with bikes, scooters and their own two feet Monday morning for the fourth annual Bike/Walk to School Challenge. For the past three years, a few of Vienna's elementary schools have dedicated a week in May to a Bike/Walk to School Challenge, hoping to encourage more students to choose other ways to get school, and with luck, make it a habit. For this year's challenge, held this week in conjunction with National Bike to Work Week, the number of schools participating has nearly doubled: Five schools — Wolftrap, Vienna, Cunningham Park, Louise Archer and Marshall Road Elementary Schools — are organizing walking and biking trains and inviting special guests to celebrate. A …