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 Enewsletter  April 2010
In This Issue
Go for the Green Contests
Middle School Sculptures Arrive in Schools
Bike to School the week of May 13
SchoolPool Sign-ups
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Women on Wheels
Beginning Class is full
Space still available in intermediate class starting May 5
Bike to Earth Day  April 24
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Earth Day 2010

Here are some exciting highlights and updates from The Safe Routes to School program of the Transportation Authority of Marin


Green Ways to School
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Go for the Green Contests

go for the green treeMost schools wrapped up their "Go for the Green" contests and "Teens Go Green" contests on April 9th.  Forty schools participated in this year's contests.  On St.Patrick's Day students at some schools took Go for the Green seriously by dressing up in green as they took green ways to school (pictured).  Reports are starting to come in that 50-70% of the students in some school participated.  High results from the contests will help schools' scores for the final Green Ways to School Challenge where the school with the largest increase in green trips will win $2,000.   

Middle School Sculptures Arrive in Schools


kids and bike sculptureWhite Hill Students created whimsical sculptures made from bike parts as trophies for the middle school "Teens Go Green" contests.  Meghan Garfink and Alissa Winkler worked on the sculpture they named "Todd" (pictured).  Meghan "thought it was fun to work with everybody using materials we haven't worked with before."  Alissa "never thought I could make sculptures out of old bike parts."  A big thank you to Lou Goodwin, White Hill team leader for organizing the activity and designing the prototypes. 


Thanks also to the many material donors:

Rileystreet art supply (wire, glue)

Perry's Art Supplies (wire, glue)

The Bicycle Works (bike parts)

Sunshine Bicycles (bike parts)

Fairfax Cyclery (bike parts)

Re-Cyclery (bike parts)

Transbay Security Service (tin signs)


Bike to School on the Week of May 13

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 Enjoy the warm spring air and break out those bikes again. Bike to school the week of May 13 which is the Bay Area's 16th annual Bike to Work Day.   Join thousands in celebrating bicycling as a fun, healthy way to make your local trips - to work, school, the store, library, or movie. The month of May also features many exciting bike-related events in Marin: Bike Safety Checkup, Basic Streets Skills class, Bike Month Sweepstakes, Team Bike Challenge, Energizer Stations on May 13. Read inspiring stories by Marin bike commuters. 

SchoolPool Sign-ups

 The SchoolPool program continues to grow with now over 1,300 registrants on the site.  This spring, registrants will receive a survey to determine their use of the site and their green trips to school.  Many schools will be providing SchoolPool information in their school and directory registration packages. You can sign up for SchoolPool and help your school win the $2,000 Green Ways to School Challenge at SchoolPoolMarin
The Green Ways to School and SchoolPool Marin programs from TAM's Safe Routes to Schools are supported by additional funding from a $175,000 grant from the Marin Community Foundation's Climate Change Initiative and through a partnership with the Marin County Office of Education.