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Bronxville Students Encouraged To Walk, Don't Drive To School

Bronxville residents Eileen Marshall, along with dog Teddy, escorted her namesake daughter, Eileen, son John and their friend Eddy Connors (in shorts) back home from school as part of the school’s week-long “Walk to School” initiative.
Bronxville residents Eileen Marshall, along with dog Teddy, escorted her namesake daughter, Eileen, son John and their friend Eddy Connors (in shorts) back home from school as part of the school’s week-long “Walk to School” initiative. Photo Credit: Tanuja Kanwar

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – With snow and ice a thing of the past in Bronxville, village and schools officials are encouraging students to walk, not drive to school this week to commemorate Earth Day.

Now in its seventh year, The Walk To School Movement, which was started by local parent Karin Drakenberg in 2009, kicks off on Monday, as parents are encouraged to walk their children to school in an effort to aid the environment.

Each year, Drakenberg and other environmentally conscious parents hang posters in stores on Main Street, reminding students and parents alike to leave the car in the garage and instead walk to school. Since it began, the movement has become increasingly popular, and it now includes buttons, stickers and its own Facebook page.

The movement has become so popular that even Police Chief Christopher Satriale has lent members of the department to the village to clear pathways for the parade of walkers making their way to school.

“Police officers will be assigned to intersections in proximity to the school to assist the (Walk to School) effort,” he noted. “Join us in walking to school next week and reduce the traffic congestion on our roadways and air pollution.”

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