October 12th was a cool but sunny day. Double Diamond Elementary School students, families, staff members and community representatives joined Superintendent Traci Davis and School Police to celebrate International Walk to School Day. This annual event is sponsored by Safe Routes to School and is designed to draw attention to the health benefits of walking every day, and to promote the simple joy of walking to school and work whenever possible.
The group met at Double Diamond Athletic Club and included walkers, bicyclers, and scooter riders. School Police escorted the group in vehicles, on foot, and on bicycles. The event helped participants and motorists be more aware of walking and bike safety skills, and reminding motorists to be vigilant in watching for children who are walking or biking in the neighborhood. The event carries over to the classroom where students are taught about health and safety as it relates to their curriculum.
Superintendent Davis, Double Diamond Elementary School principal Mike Dixon and Chief of Police Jason Trevino were joined by Reno Vice Mayor Oscar Delgado and Washoe County Commissioner Bob Lucey. Vice Mayor Delgado read a proclamation and presented it to Principal Dixon to recognize and celebrate the day.