Spokane School and Family Programs: Walking and Biking at Holmes Elementary

What inspires a student to learn how to fix his/her own bike? An opportunity to learn.

Bike Maintenance at Holmes

Josh Hagen, a hobby bike mechanic, donated his professional services to empower and educate students and families at Holmes Elementary to do their own bike maintenance.

In strong partnership with the Spokane Regional Health District, Washington Bikes volunteers are making a difference  in the West Central Neighborhood in Spokane by creating opportunities for health, fitness and fellowship. Our Walking School Bus Program at Holmes Elementary has been a great example of this and will continue this fall until November 21, 2014. The Walking School Bus program offers a reliable way for students to get to school on time and provides part of their essential 60 minutes per day of physical activity to maintain good health — and students are loving it!

Holmes Elementary’s Walking School Bus Route A, aka: “The Happy Heroes” arrive to school in time for breakfast.

The Walking School Bus Program will continue this Spring at the following elementary schools and we’ll looking for volunteers to join the fun:

  • Holmes Elementary School
  • Bemiss Elementary School
  • Stevens Elementary School
  • Logan Elementary School

Join us as a volunteer by contacting Kate Johnston in our Spokane office:  kate@wabikes.org   509.280.5762

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Walk Bike To School Day

Holmes Elementary’s Walking School Bus and Bicycle Train team celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 8th, 2014. Spokane Indians mascot Otto joined in the celebration. FedEx representatives (not pictured here) also joined and passed out safety lights and reflective gear to students.

The Walking School Bus at Holmes Elementary is leading the way for the Bicycle Train that is planned for implementation in 2015 and beyond. Garry Kehr, Spokane Bicycle Club President, has been involved in Washington Bikes’ bicycle/pedestrian safety programs in Spokane. Garry and other members of Spokane Bicycle Club are making this program possible by volunteering their time leading walking School bus routes.

Emma on bike

Emma and her grandfather practice bike safety on the way to Holmes Elementary. In a few years Emma will be old enough to participate in a volunteer-led Bicycle Train to get to school.

Join Washington Bikes and the families of Spokane to take part in these community-empowering programs. Call or email Kate today to get on our list. We look forward to hearing from those of you who can volunteer your time or your professional services to make our neighborhoods safer and healthier.

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