Event's focus is safety
ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 10, 2018) -
Sheridan Preparatory Academy hosted the City of Albany’s 2018 Walk to
School day. More than 5,000 schools across the country participate in
the annual fall event intended to encourage families and community
leaders to ditch the car and walk or bike to school.
The City School District of Albany’s community
partners -- the Albany Police Department, Mayor Kathy Sheehan, New York
State Department of Health, New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
and Albany County DPW Traffic Safety Education Program – ensured that
students enjoyed a fun morning but also shared tips on walking or biking
to school safely.
A visit from two members of the Albany Police Department’s mounted
unit and a robotic, talking police car named “Otto” left Sheridan
Preparatory Academy students with huge smiles and new knowledge about
pedestrian and bicycle rules.
“Today was a great start to the day for our students. Health and
safety are top priorities in the City School District of Albany and we
appreciate the community partners who made this morning’s event a
success,” noted Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams, who also participated
in the assembly and activities.
The first National Walk to School Day was held in 1997 and the
first-ever National Bike to School Day was celebrated in 2012. The City
School District of Albany participated in its first Walk to School Day
in 1997 at former School 19, Now New Scotland Elementary.
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 18
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High