(April 29, 2015) The weather cooperated, providing a beautiful sunny day for the Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-off on Saturday, April 25th. Harvey Scott K-8 School in the Cully neighborhood of northeast Portland hosted the 2015 Spring Kick-off, which attracted close to 150 participants.
The main purpose of the Spring Kick-off Bike and Walk Fair is to engage low-income families and introduce them to the Safe Routes to School program. These events are targeted toward schools with a high percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced-rate lunch.
The Safe Routes to School program partnered with Verde, the ABC Club and NAYA to visualize and plan out the event. In addition to the Fair activities, 35 people went on a community ride to the new Kʰunamokwst Park (pronounced Khan-a-mockst).
Here’s what one parent had to say about the success of the event: “My daughter loved the Safe Routes event at Harvey Scott. She's 6 ½ and has been lukewarm about riding a bike, but the scoot bikes and the volunteer encouragement got her excited in riding.”