Wood Acres Elementary School
Wood Acres Elementary School
On Wednesday, October 9th, Wood Acres Elementary School celebrated Walk to School Day. Walk to School day is a national initiative that promotes healthier habits, a cleaner environment, and a sense of community.

The event was sponsored by the PTA Green Team to support practical ways students can help the environment and share their support for air quality. When families decide to walk to school instead of riding in a car, they help reduce the amount of air pollutants emitted by automobiles.

Rebecca Davis of Clean Air Partners talked with the kids about how they can do their share to protect our air by leading them through a few fun exercises including a green light/red light activity where Ms. Davis called out the different codes at random and asked students to mimic the movement in place... Code Green (run) Code Yellow (skip), Code Orange (hop on one foot), Code Red (walk backwards) Code Purple (fall down).

To close out the event, the 5th grade patrols raised a “green” flag based on today’s air quality index (AQI), which was Code Green and stands for Good Air Quality. The AQI is a color-coded and numerical scale that reports how clean or polluted the air is and is calculated for five major pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act.

Wood Acres Elementary School has shown their support for the environment by celebrating Trashless Tuesdays, installing a recycling center, and focusing on energy conservation. Wood Acres is also a beneficiary of a GreenKids grant by the Audubon Naturalist Society which will enable environmental education for the staff and a hands-on project for all grades.