Walk and Roll to School
Arrive with your family … gather with friends … enjoy a cider donut … stroll and chat while tossing fall leaves with your feet … walking and rolling to Katonah Elementary School felt like a fall festival—a short, early one. Families gathered in three locations just before 9:00 am and strolled towards school along with little ones in strollers and happy dogs on leashes.
Although many students walk, bike and scooter to Katonah Elementary year-round, participating in International Walk to School Day celebrates walkable, safe routes to school everywhere.
Katonah Elementary School Assistant Principal Kweon Stambaugh walked with the group that met at Katonah Village Library. “It brings great joy to my heart to bring back our walk/bike to school outing,” he said.
The families that met at Cherry Street / Lakeside Drive gathered a few minutes early for donuts, cider and music. Parents had a chance to connect while students had a moment to look for turtles in the lake. Students carrying band instruments—fifth graders have rehearsal on Fridays—joked with music teacher Christopher Oriani, who was walking with them, about playing something while they walked.
Bedford’s Police Chief Melvin Padilla Jr, who was escorting the group. said that he did not get to walk to school when he was a child. “This is great!”
All the walkers and bikers arrived at school just in time for the school’s mascot Buddy to welcome them. D.J. Gelfer was playing music in the plaza. What else but “WALKING in Memphis.”