The Bellville Safe Routes to School walk/ride week was a big success again, as parents and kids participated from Oct. 12, through Oct. 16 walking and riding to school every morning.
Despite very cool temperatures, 153 Bellville Elementary School students walked from the lot across from the Duke and Duchess, at the corner of Durbin and Main, to the Elementary school.
Each morning, children and parents were greeted by Mayor Darrell Banks, Police Chief Ron Willey, Principal Steve Bloir and representatives of the Bellville SRTS committee. They were escorted to the school by representatives of the Clear Fork National Honor Society each morning. Students also participated in walking exercises at the school so all students were participants.
All the students had punch cards that were punched each day they walked. The cards were also punched by safety patrol guards on duty each morning; Judy Harding, Ronda Gearhart and John Workman.
On Friday afternoon, the gym was filled with enthusiastic students as Bloir and Chief Willey held a drawing for two BMX bikes.
Punch cards of students who walked all week were put in a drawing for the bikes-one boy’s bike and one girl’s bike. Proud winners were Cooper George and Christina Norris.
Every child who participated in the SRTS walk/ride week was rewarded.
The Bellville Safe Routes to School events have been held each year since 2011 to encourage children, and parents, that walking or riding a bike to school is safe. Events promote the health benefits of exercise.
In May 2016, the group will be sponsoring a Bike Rodeo as part of the SRTS initiative.
Students gather with Bellville Mayor Darrell Banks, Bellville Police Chief Ron Willey and members of the Clear Fork National Honor Society for the walk to the elementary school.