3,000+ Ohio Elementary and Middle Schools
The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” educational outreach effort, including the show choir video, Lesson Guides, Travel Tips and other materials, is designed to make learning walking and bicycling safety easy and appealing to help more young students enjoy the benefits these activities bring.
Teaching Traffic Safety Made Easy
Teachers can help students develop creative projects for the school safety contest and make walking and bicycling safety part of their in-class lessons with many turnkey aids including:
- Lesson Guides Grades K-2: Math, Science, Speaking, Writing and more
- Lesson Guides Grades 3-5: Math, Science, Speaking, Writing and more
- Lesson Guides Grades 6-8: Math, Science, Speaking, Writing and more
- Activity Book: Word Search, Coloring Page, Maze, Know the Signs
- Fast Facts: Why It’s a Good Idea to Ride Bikes or Walk to School
- Top Safe Routes to School Messages for Students
- Test Your Traffic IQ Ages 4-6
- Test Your Traffic IQ Ages 7-9
- Test Your Traffic IQ Ages 10+
Does Exercise Really Make You Smarter
Why Walking and Biking to School Are Important
- Helps prevent obesity and its subsequent consequences such as heart disease, diabetes and bone and joint pain. The Ohio Department of Health reports that 34% of Hispanic children, 27% of Caucasian children and 25% of African-American pre-school children in Ohio are overweight. Obesity affects 17% of Ohio third graders while an additional 18% are overweight.
- Improves learning. New studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that exercise – such as walking and riding bikes before and after school – boosts academic performance and concentration. An American Heart Association’s presentation showed a direct correlation between children’s level of fitness and their performance on standardized tests in reading, math, science and social studies.
- Helps develop lifelong healthy habits.
- Reduces automotive congestion around schools from parents driving their children to school.
- Improves air quality around schools with the reduction of vehicles emitting CO2. Transportation contributes 29% of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Helps children grow into self reliant, independent adults.