Hawai‘i Public Health Institute’s Get Fit Kaua‘i Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program continues to grow, with more schools participating in Walk to School Days (W2SD) and identifying infrastructure needs to promote safe walking and biking to school.
Wilcox Elementary School, the most recent school to add W2SD to their monthly calendar, had over 300 participants in its first walk to school day. Kaua‘i now has seven elementary schools (Kapa’a, Kilauea, St Catherine’s, King Kaumuali’i, Kalaheo, Koloa and Wilcox) with functioning Safe Routes to School task forces that meet on a regular basis to organize Walk to School Days and assist in activities at the school (i.e. walkabouts, evaluations, etc.).
Two more schools have shown interest and hope to come on board before the end of the school year. Very special thanks to Kaua‘i Complex Superintendent, Bill Arakai, for his endless support in creating healthier environments for students, and to Michelle Jenkins, Chair of HIPHI’s Get Fit Kauai’s County-wide Safe Routes to School Task Force.