Walk To School Day Success

Walk To School Day Success

Enjoying fall weather by walking and biking to school while promoting safety information, was Safe Routes to School goal in celebrating international Walk to School day during the first two weeks of October. Four schools participated in the day by encouraging their students to walk or bike to school on certain days. There were classroom challenges and prizes for the children who were actively commuting. Community members and UNK athletes...

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Activate Buffalo County Hosting Walk to School Day Events

Activate Buffalo County Hosting Walk to School Day Events

This year, International Walk to School Day is scheduled for October 7th. So far, through Community Partners’ Safe Routes to School program, Kenwood, Windy Hills, and Northeast, as well as Pleasanton Public School, plan to host events encouraging students to walk or bike to school. With particpation rates of up to 80% in the past, Safe Routes to School Coordinator Kate Hannon is excited for this year’s activities. “The elementary aged children...

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It’s an Active Spring: Bike to School Day, Walk Out On Your Job

It’s an Active Spring: Bike to School Day, Walk Out On Your Job

Activate Buffalo County has several events and programs coming up that are all focused on getting youth and adults out and moving. Bike to School Day is May 6th, and after the amazing numbers we saw last year (some schools had a participation rate of 80%!), we’re hoping even more youth join in on the fun. In addition, walking and biking programs are rolling out in several schools. Safe Routes to School Coordinator Kate Hannon worked with...

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Healthy Kids Weekend April 25-26, Set to Be Bigger Than Ever

Healthy Kids Weekend April 25-26, Set to Be Bigger Than Ever

Get ready for another action-packed, event-filled weekend for the entire family! Healthy Kids Weekend is set for April 25th and 26th and with more partners than ever, it’s going to be bigger than ever this year. Things are kicking off Saturday with some fun cycling events. The UNK Alumni Association is hosting the second Bike Bowl since it was revived last year after nearly a decade of dormancy. Register online at unkalumni.org/bikebowl or stop...

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Walk Out On Your Job Set for May 13, Searching for Sponsors

Walk Out On Your Job Set for May 13, Searching for Sponsors

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Walk Out On Your Job, a 1.5-mile walk over the lunch hour that is one of Kearney’s largest wellness events. In the past, up to 2,200 participants have registered to step out of the office and hit the trails. The event serves as a reminder to engage in worksite wellness and is set to be the launching point of a walking at work program created by Activate Buffalo County. “Walk Out On Your Job is a great way...

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Community Partners Serves Up Smoothies for Give Where You Live

Community Partners Serves Up Smoothies for Give Where You Live

Community Partners traveled to Kearney Clinic and UNK’s [email protected] to give people a chance to ride Activate Buffalo County’s bike blender. The bike blender was built by the Bike Shed as part of the coalition’s Safe Routes to School program and is the ultimate combination of healthy eating and active living. It features a customized blender attached to the front of the bike that’s powered by the spinning of the front wheel. Everyone at Kearney...

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Schoolwork: Community Partners Visits Buffalo County Schools

Red Ribbon Week Brings Drug-Free Presentations to Schools During Red Ribbon Week, Positive Pressure and Kearney/Holdredge Elks Lodge #984 visited Northeast, Glenwood, Amherst, Emerson, Gibbon, and Shelton Elementary schools to give presentations on staying drug-free. Accompanying them were athletes from the UNK women’s basketball, softball, and soccer teams, men’s track and field, and the UNK Spirit Squad. The Elks also passed out drug-free...

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Huge Turnout of Walkers, Cyclists for Walk to School Day

Huge Turnout of Walkers, Cyclists for Walk to School Day

International Walk to School Day was October 8, and Activate Buffalo County, through Safe Routes to School, helped four schools host events to celebrate the occasion. Walkers, cyclists, pets, and all types of pedestrians filled the sidewalks in the chilly morning. The echoes of the Kearney High School drumline greeted walkers at Northeast Elementary. Parents, teachers, and local news outlets snapped away on phones and cameras, capturing some...

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Lace Your Shoes for International Walk to School Day October 8

Lace Your Shoes for International Walk to School Day October 8

Lace the kids’ shoes and grease the chains on their bikes because International Walk (and Bike) to School Day is Wednesday, October 8! Activate Buffalo County will be promoting the day and hopes to see a larger turnout than they did in May, where 80% of students at participating schools walked or biked to school. “Events like these are great at building awareness,” said Safe Routes to School Coordinator Kate Hannon. “We want to create something...

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Activate Buffalo County Awarding Bike Blender to Kenwood Elementary

Activate Buffalo County Awarding Bike Blender to Kenwood Elementary

In March, Activate Buffalo County, as part of its Safe Routes to School grant, conducted parent surveys at several Buffalo County schools. The surveys focused on how many students walked or biked to school, how often they did so, and what barriers students faced, such as distance, traffic, weather, and more. Kenwood Elementary returned the highest percentage of parent surveys, making them the winner of Activate Buffalo County’s contest to...

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