Chagrin Falls Schools’ Students Celebrate Walk to School Day on October 6

On Wednesday, October 6, approximately 400 students participated in the annual Walk to School Day.  Chagrin Falls students have celebrated Walk to School Day since 2009 but had to skip a year last year due to Covid-19. There were 264 Chagrin Falls Intermediate School students (73% of the school) and 106 Chagrin Falls Middle School students (41%) who walked to school.

This year, the fun community event, organized by Safe Routes Chagrin, was held in conjunction with International Walk to School Day - a global celebration that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day.  “This is a day to celebrate what makes Chagrin Falls special: a walkable, accessible community where students, parents, teachers, retirees, and community members all appreciate and enjoy being able to walk to the schools, shops, parks, and businesses that Chagrin Falls has to offer,” said Kathryn Garvey, Safe Routes Chagrin Board President.

Chagrin Falls Middle School students started their day by meeting their friends at the Chagrin Falls Intermediate School parking lot on Philomethian Street to walk to Harris Stadium where they enjoyed an Einstein Bros. bagel.  Chagrin Falls Middle School Student Council awarded prizes to student teams that dressed in costumes that best represented this year’s theme “Movies & TV Shows.”  

At Chagrin Falls Intermediate School, students enjoyed a walk to school either from home or by being dropped-off at either the Chagrin Falls municipal parking lot or Harris Stadium. At school, walkers also enjoyed an Einstein Bros. bagel. Prizes included gift cards to local stores so that students can return to town to shop locally and enjoy the downtown area. The Student Council designated it "Rainbow Day" as part of their Spirit Week and students wore a rainbow of colors in addition to the Safe Routes mask provided to them as part of the event.

Safe Routes Chagrin is a cooperative endeavor between the Village of Chagrin Falls, the Chagrin Falls Local Schools, the Chagrin Falls Police Department and the community. 

Photo Credit: Safe Routes Chagrin and Kristy Leffler Photography

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