The Avoca Green Committee strives to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment by participating in sustainable practices and increased communal awareness.

If you have any questions or would like to join the committee, please contact Dorothy Elfring at ddelfring@gmail.com.

EVENTS

May is National Bike Month

This year our Bike to School Day and Bike Safety Day will take place on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (tentative). The day was created to provide an opportunity for students to join together to safely bicycle to school, as well as raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly biking to school.

Announcements:

1) The state of Illinois passed legislation stating that all schools must include Biking and Walking Safety in the school curriculum. We are ahead of the curve for this, as we have offered this iniative for several years.

2) Avoca School District 37 was recently awarded a $12,000 grant from Illinois Department of Transportation Safe Routes to Schools to develop Safe Routes to School mapping and an action plan. Once the mapping process is complete, it will be accessible on the Avoca website and will show the current, safest way for children to get to school from any home in the district. The mapping process will also deonate areas of needed infrastructure changes that will lead to safer biking and walking to school. Stay tuned for ways that you can get involved.

Guidelines for Bike to School Day:

For everyone:  The goal is to have as many people as possible bike to school on Tuesday, May 14.  We will be handing out Dairy Queen coupons to those kids riding bikes with helmets. Please plan a route, ride in groups, and have an adult escort younger children (adults should be wearing helmets too). There will be police presence at Lake and Laramie as well as adjacent to the school on Sherwood. Remember to bring bike locks.

2nd graders: There will be a bike rodeo during your child’s gym class. Please park all 2nd grade bikes the morning of around the back of the building, by the South Gym doors. There will be signs with child’s teacher’s name. Lastly, we are in need of parent volunteers for this event. If interested in volunteering, please email Rachel at rgoodman58@comcast.net.

4th graders: Your child will get a bike safety talk during their gym class (from 1:00-1:30 pm or 1:30-2:00 pm). Having a bike helmet would be ideal for this talk.

6th graders: During lunch, your child will get a bike safety talk. It will be more impactful if they rode their bike to school that day.

*Rain date to be de. For further questions, email rgoodman58@comcast.net