When I told Mike the news he exclaimed, “Woo-hoo! My lucky day!”
Mike Mann is the Language Arts teacher and Walk+Bike Coordinator at Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham. He was entered into a drawing for a Columbia backpack for tracking how many students walked and biked last week as part of the Walk+Bike Challenge.
Congratulations to Mike and the 228 students who walked or rode to school!
We asked Mike to share some of his thoughts on the Challenge.
BTA: What is your favorite story from the Walk+Bike Challenge so far?
Mike: My favorite memory so far has been the excitement of my first period students when I enlisted them last week in making sure all the first period classrooms in the whole building were stocked with Tally posters and/or tally booklets. My students went out in pairs, made sure the classrooms were stocked, and explained to the teachers how to use the items. They felt like they had a role in promoting biking and walking, and are going to visit each class once a week to trade out the posters and make sure kids are filling them out.
BTA: Do you recommend the Challenge to other schools? Why?
Mike: EVERY school should participate because it promotes a healthy alternative for students and staff, and it comes at the perfect time of year to spend time outside enjoying our area’s beautiful spring weather.
Join Mike and 135 other schools across Oregon as they increasing the number of kids walking and biking, one student at a time.
Its not too late to sign up for the Walk+Bike Challenge!