Mounted police escorted dozens of Ross Elementary School students on their way to school along R Street NW earlier this morning.
The school’s PTA organized the event for Walk and Bike to School Day, an annual occurrence that prompts students across the U.S. to do exactly that.
From 8-8:40 a.m., police on horseback watched over the students as they walked, biked, skateboarded and scooted to school. And the event even attracted a celebrity: Police mascot McGruff the Crime Dog made an appearance and doled out hugs.
Photos by Luis Gomez
October 3 is the annual Walk to School Day at Ross Elementary School. There will be no left-side parking on R Street NW (between 17th Street NW and the main entrance of Ross) from 8 to 9 am on Wednesday morning.
Walk to School Day is an international effort organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America to promote health, sustainability and the need for more walkable communities.
For more information about Ross Elementary School’s walk, contact Stephanie Mencimer at smencimer[AT]gmail.com.
If you see gaggles of kids in the Dupont-Logan area walking to school together on Wednesday, they’re probably part of International Walk to School Day. One local school participating in the October 5 event is Ross Elementary on R Street NW. Ross also participates in the Safe Routes Program.
On October 5, students will walk, bike or scoot to school. The purpose of the program is to enhance the health of students, improve air quality in neighborhoods and to build safety awareness among families.
There are three meeting places for Ross students on Wednesday morning. Students are asked to meet at 8:25 am at one of three locations:
- East: DC Jewish Community Center Steps at 16th and Q Streets NW
- North: T Street Park at 17th Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW (north and east of the Dog Park)
- Southwest: St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 18th and Church Streets NW (yard on the 18th Street side)