Squeals of excitement muted the sound of crunching leaves under the bike tires, scooters, skateboards, and sneakers of more than 100 Plumas Charter School students Thursday, Oct. 12, reported PCS public relations specialist Rachel Goings. With every breath visible on the crisp autumn morning, they traveled to the Quincy Learning Center, participating in the national campaign Walk and Roll to School Day.
The ninth-grade health class took charge of the event, led by their teacher and school nurse, Danielle Plocki. Goings said the goal of the campaign was to encourage physical activity, safe pedestrian and bicycling skills, environmental awareness, and sharing time with community leaders, parents, and children. All students were invited to walk, bike, scooter, skateboard, or roller skate to school while the ninth-graders lined the path, supervised crosswalks, and made sure their younger peers got to school safely.
The East Quincy Grocery Outlet served as a meeting point for families traveling further distances, and Goings said the store also generously donated snacks to fuel the participants. Staff members and parent volunteers lined the route to school to offer a helping hand and to cheer on the kids. As the students got closer to the school, they were met with the sound of dance music on the speakers and cheers from their teachers. Each participant was presented with a school water bottle and PCS sticker to commemorate the event.
Plocki said the feedback from parents and students about the event was overwhelmingly positive. “This is definitely something we want to do more often,” she said.
Plumas Charter School operates learning centers in Quincy, Taylorsville, and Chester. To learn more, visit http://www.plumascharterschool.org.
Information submitted by Plumas Charter School