KidsWalk Breakfast Roundtable July 30

Active and Ready to Learn: Transportation’s Role in Creating Healthy and Academic Ready Students

Tulane University’s Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives and KidsWalk Coalition at the Tulane Prevention Research Center are proud to co-sponsor a free breakfast roundtable discussion about the role transportation plays in the health and academic readiness of New Orleans’ school-age children. Please join us for breakfast and to contribute to an important conversation about creating social change through transportation for better health and academic readiness outcomes for our city’s youth.
When: Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Where: Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation, 2035 Washington Avenue, Suite 105, New Orleans, LA 70125
Kathryn Parker, Ph.D., Director, KidsWalk Coalition at the Tulane Prevention Research Center
Debra Vaughan, Director of Research, Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives
Shalanda Cole, MBA, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
Mark Jernigan, LTC. (Ret.), Director, City of New Orleans Department of Public Works
Cyndi Nguyen, Executive Director, Vietnamese Initiatives for Economic Training
Sophia Griffies, Development Specialist, Audubon Charter School
*Space is limited. RSVP required by Noon Monday, July 29, 2013 via eventbrite or phone at 504-658-8045.
Special thanks to Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation for the use of its space. This event is possible through generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living by Design, Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities program.

Success Prep Academy celebrates first annual Bike to School Day

Forty K-5 students at Success Prep Academy participated in the first annual Bike to School Day, this month. Each received new bicycles and helmets and learned safety tips and the rules of the road.

Success Prep students learn bicycle safety

Each spring, volunteer employees of Kaiser Permanente visit New Orleans to do service projects, which this year included assembly and donation of the bikes to schoolchildren. Through a partnership with Communities in Schools, HandsOn New Orleans, Bike Easy and the KidsWalk Coalition, the volunteers were matched with the Success Prep students who have shown excellent leadership in fulfilling the school’s core values: respect, service, achievement, enthusiasm and teamwork.

According to Communities in Schools Executive Director Sara Massey, the give-away has encouraged students to ride to school. “First, several kids rode their bikes to school on Bike to School day.  A few were the kids with the new bikes; others were not!” she said. ” A teaching assistant rode a bike along with a student, and a few teachers rode their bikes who usually drive.”

The KidsWalk Coalition thanks Kaiser Permanente for the generous gift, and recognizes Success Prep and Communities in Schools for their leadership in keeping kids healthy by making it easier for them to be physically active!