This project, “My School in Motion”, is being funded through a grant GVF received through PennDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside.
Walking and biking to school helps address traffic congestion while helping improve the health and productivity of students. This program also helps identify physical obstacles to safe walking and biking within the Township, which assists in prioritizing infrastructure improvements.
Biking and pedestrian safety will be incorporated into the curriculum's for 5th and 6th graders while 7th and 8th graders will explore the links between biking/ walking and environmental effects, math and civic involvement.
Valley Forge Middle School has partnered with GVF to promote walking and biking to school and instructing the next generation of commuters on the value of walking and biking as an alternate mode of travel.
On October 15th, GVF hosted a kickoff event! This outdoor assembly encouraged students to walk and bike to school and included an introduction to the program and the club.
My School in Motion Club Kicks Off 2020!
Thirteen (13) students joined together for the first meeting of the ‘My School in Motion’ Club in the library on January 16th.
After a healthy dose of donuts…the ideas for the group started flying and moderators Mrs. Davison and Mrs. Nardone had a hard time keeping notes! Here’s what’s planned for the spring:
A VFMS ‘Challenge’…how can we get out of cars and get those feet and wheels moving? Competition and prizes!
A morning or afternoon walking club…around the track!
Field trip…to a nearby neighborhood to do an ‘audit’ on walking paths and sidewalks. Do I feel comfortable walking here? We’ll present our findings to Tredyffrin Township.
How does a ‘professional planner’ or ‘engineer’ get involved with getting more bike lanes and sidewalks? Come here a professional talk about it---does it sound like an interesting career?
MARCH CHALLENGE... WEEK 1 WINNERS!
Way to go Jack F. (6th Grade) and Akhilesh B. (8th Grade)!
It looks like the 'boys' are winning! Come on grades 5 and 7!
Parents and Guardians….Welcome to ‘your’ page of the ‘School in Motion’ website for the Valley Forge Middle School!
The ‘My School in Motion’ program undertaken by GVF, T/E School District and Valley Forge Middle School aims to bring together two important themes in your child’s education: the health and wellness components of walking and biking to school as well as the value of these activities as an alternate mode of transportation. We are educating the next generation of ‘commuters’!
We will post articles, links and educational guidelines within these themes for your education…and to encourage your family’s participation with the whole community. Thanks for your interest and participation!
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has studied the relationship between physical activity and student performance and offers recommendations on activity levels for adolescents as well as adults.
The National ‘Safe Routes to School’ program has been a program in existence for over ten years and advocates for safe, compliant routes for children to walk or bike to school. Check out their guidance documents for parents and guardians interested in starting a ‘bike train’ to school…and ‘walking school buses’ - an active way to join spend time with your child and reduce the amount of car traffic near your school.
Check out the resources available through the CDC below.