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Education Briefs: Bike to School Day scheduled for next week

Thousands of children across Colorado will be strapping on helmets, raising their kickstands and putting their mettle to the pedal for the fifth annual National Bike to School Day on Wednesday. Nearly one hundred schools across the state and more than 1,800 schools across the country will participate, according to a written statement from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

May is also National Bike MonthNational Bike Month. Students, along with parents, teachers and community leaders, will be riding or walking to school throughout the month, so drivers are encouraged to be extra cautious. Distracted driving is a common cause of crashes so motorists are urged to put down their cell phone, keep their eyes on the road and watch for children near roadways.. Students, along with parents, teachers and community leaders, will be riding or walking to school throughout the month, so drivers are encouraged to be extra cautious. Distracted driving is a common cause of crashes so motorists are urged to put down their cell phone, keep their eyes on the road and watch for children near roadways.

National Bike Month. Students, along with parents, teachers and community leaders, will be riding or walking to school throughout the month, so drivers are encouraged to be extra cautious. Distracted driving is a common cause of crashes so motorists are urged to put down their cell phone, keep their eyes on the road and watch for children near roadways.

Bike to School Day events raise awareness of the necessity to create safer routes for bicycling and walking. They also emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, the need to enhance pedestrian safety and increase environmental awareness. The events are structured to build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

In addition, these events can encourage communities to implement policy or engineering changes that make it safer to walk and bike to school. In 2015, nearly 70 percent of event organizers indicated their event led to planned, or already completed, policy or engineering changes, according to CDOT’s statement.

Bike to School Day builds on the popularity and success of Walk to School Day, celebrated across the country — and the each October.

For additional information, contact CDOT Safe Routes to School Program Manager Leslie Feuerborn at 303-757-9088 or email at leslie.feuerborn@state.co.us

Also visit walkbiketoschool.org, saferoutesinfo.org and codot.gov/programs/bikeped/safe-routes.

Infant, child-care costs rank 5th, 7th highest

The 2014 annual cost of center-based infant care in Colorado was $13,154, according to Child Care Aware. That’s the fifth least affordable rate in the country relative to median income. For 4-year-olds, center-based in Colorado was the seventh-least affordable in the country at $9,882 per year.

Children’s Festival set for 10 am to 2 pm today

The 2016 Children’s Festival, coordinated by the Early Childhood Coalition, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The festival, focusing on children from newborn to 8 years old, brings together a number of agencies that offer child-related services and upcoming events.

Annual metal recycling fundraiser underway

The third annual 2016 PAC Fundraiser began Friday, with drop-off bins from Axis Steel placed at local schools to recycle junk metal waste. Schools will be collecting waste through May 7, with larger items such as cars and car batteries going directly to Axis Steel. For additional information, call 970-824-3256.

Shuttles buses to ease graduation parking

Moffat County High School will be offering shuttle buses from the Kmart parking lot to the high school starting at 9 a.m. on graduation day, May 28. The ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m.

State comes in 22nd in overall child well-being

Colorado ranked 22nd in 2014 in overall child well-being, a designation that included evaluations for economic well-being, education, health and family and community. The top three states were Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa.


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