BUTTE — Montana Tech student-athletes participated in Wednesday morning’s Walk with the Diggers event for the elementary school children in Butte.
The event gave elementary school kids an opportunity to walk alongside some of the Montana Tech student-athletes on their walk to school. Its one of the many service events the colleges Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) puts on every year. This event gives those student-athletes a chance to give back to the community that has given them support in all they do on the courses, courts, and fields.
A lot of families and people in this town support us, and their kids are right there with them, so its only right to give back and support them and do as much as possible to give back to the community,” said Montana Tech wide receiver Dion Williams
There’s so many things they learn from giving back, that they could carry on,” said Tech women’s basketball coach Carly Sanon. “I think its really important to be a part of the community you live in. When they go out and get their jobs, they need to be a part and help with things, because volunteering is a part of what makes communities special.”
Sanon also mentioned that because of how much the student-athletes love the walk-to-school program, they have considered doing another walk in the spring.
Share Share Safe streets are the best tool we have to combat climate change tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email In the 1960s, about half of American kids walked or biked to school. Now its 13 percent. Courtesy of the City of Los Angeles Started in 1997, International Walk to School Day now counts tens of thousands of students in 40 countries—including students at 5,100 schools in the U.S. alone—who pledge to walk and bike to school on the same day each year. Walk to School Day also brings attention to the dismal conditions under which many students must walk and bike to school every day.
That is, if their parents even allow them to walk or bike. Where I live, in Los Angeles, its not hard to understand why most parents dont. Here, on streets designed for the fast movement of cars, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for kids aged 4 to 15.
At least once a month when Im talking to fellow parents, I hear a different version of the same sentiment: I have to drive my kids to school—its too dangerous for them to walk.
Reverting to cars for short trips like the journey to school is one reason that transportation emissions keep going up in the U.S.—a third of our vehicular trips are three miles or less. Yet you can see the evidence that people want to walk and bike on virtually any weekend in the U.S. People of all ages move through our cities during open streets events—in LAs case, its over 100,000 people per event. But the reason those people arent traveling on foot or bike along the same streets to school or work on Monday? They dont feel safe.
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The new reality of our climate crisis has been outlined in stark detail by a devastating United Nation report published this week; its clear that unsafe pedestrian and biking conditions in our cities could end up making climate change much, much worse.