Oakhurst Elementary School is GA SRTS Partner of the Year!

2014-05-24 001 005Oakhurst Elementary School was selected as the 2015 Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center’s Partner of the Year for the Metro Atlanta Area. Winners of this award are chosen based on the progress of their SRTS programs during the past year in getting more students to walk and bike to school and increasing the awareness of SRTS within its community. The Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center has recognized outstanding partners with the Partner of the Year Award since 2011. Clairemont Elementary won the award in 2013 and Renfroe Middle School won in 2014.

Under the leadership of Parent Champion Heather Tell, Oakhurst Elementary students, staff, teachers, and parents have embraced the Safe Routes to School program as part of the core culture of the school. Over 60% of students regularly walk and bike to school—the highest percentage of any City of Decatur school—and they constantly strive to improve that number. The school sponsors a monthly Walk and Roll to School Day celebration, with fun themes and prizes to encourage participation, donations from local businesses, and bicycle bells for kids. Safety tips are included in the school’s weekly newsletter, and all 450 students learn basic bike safety at the annual Fall Health and Wellness Festival. With a strong School Leadership Team and the support of the City of Decatur Active Living, the Decatur Police Department, the Georgia SRTS Outreach Coordinator, and City of Decatur schools, Oakhurst is an enthusiastic and highly successful Partner in the SRTS program.

For more information on the City of Decatur Safe Routes to School program visit www.decaturga.com/srts.

 

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“Bright at Night” Walk on Thursday at 7:30 pm

Walkers Bright at Night!

Walkers Bright at Night!

The community is invited to join our monthly 4th Thursday Bright at Night walk  this Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 pm. This month’s walk will venture to the northwest corner of the city to explore the neighborhood. All walks begin and end at the Decatur Recreation Center located at 231 Sycamore Street. Members of the Active Living Board Pedestrian committee will be leading the walk. Walks are family friendly and you will also receive a light to wear on your future walks. For more information on walking in Decatur, click here.

Walk There! Decatur

 

Healthy Monday: Don’t Lose Your Lunch!

 

Lose lunch

For more information and healthy tips, visit http://www.mondaycampaigns.org.

Cycle to the Decatur Arts Festival and Enjoy Free Bike Valet Parking

DSC09403The Decatur Arts Festival is this coming weekend and the festival has contracted with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition to provide Bike Valet Parking again this year. The parking will be located at the top of N McDonough Street near the Bandstand. Cycle on over and don’t worry about parking your bike. This safe, free parking will let you enjoy yourself a bit more, plus no worry about finding a car parking space.

Valet Parking is available on Saturday and Sunday during festival hours. For more information on the the Decatur Arts Festival click here.

 

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Congratulations to Decatur High Soccer Teams for a Great Season

Michael Harbin writes in:

Sadly, both the girls and the boys Decatur High School Soccer Teams lost in their semi-final matches. The girls lost 6-1 to a strong Westminster team last Tuesday. The boys lost to Calhoun High School in a heartbreaking shootout last Thursday. Obviously, both teams had impressive seasons, each finishing as one of the top four teams in the state in their classification. Nice run, Bulldogs. Thank you for an exciting soccer season. We look forward to another one next year!

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2015 Girls Soccer Team

4th Annual “A Dancer’s Heart 5K” is June 13

A Dancers Heart 5K_2015Registration is open for A Dancer’s Heart 5k to be held on June 13. The race proceeds go to the Decatur Education Foundation, the Imani Thompson Twine Memorial Scholarship Fund and more. The race is a qualifying event for the Team Decatur Grand Slam Fitness Challenge.

Active Living in Decatur

Decatur Active Living had an activity and fun filled weekend!

Friday morning started off with our annual Bike To Work Breakfast in front of the Decatur Recreation Center. Lots of bike commuters stopped by for treats, information on cycling in Decatur and information from the Georgia Commute Options folks and the ladies from the East Decatur Greenway.

Bike Commuters enjoying some scones and coffee.

Bike Commuters enjoying some scones and coffee.

On Friday night, we held the Third Friday Fun Bike Ride and had a great time touring Decatur neighborhoods as well as making some new bike riding friends.

Third Friday Bike Riders at the Cemetery

Third Friday Bike Riders at the Cemetery

Saturday was filled with the Dedication of the Beacon Municipal Complex. We had visitors from all over the country as well as current Decaturites. There were even some of the past students from Herring Street School and Trinity High School. Visitors enjoyed “splits” as well as tours of the three buildings.

Elizabeth Wilson Welcomes Attendees at the Beacon Dedication

Elizabeth Wilson Welcomes Attendees at the Beacon Dedication

On the athletic front, we had Parent Baseball Meetings at Decatur Recreation. Decatur Active Living 2015 Spring Youth Soccer is coming to an end. DAL would like to thank all the coaches, parents and players for contributing to the success of the program.

Youth Soccer had a great season.

Youth Soccer had a great season.

Saturday was also National Kids to Park Day and DAL participated in the Garden Go Seek Your Park activity at both Scott Park and Glenlake Park. Visitors toured Scott Garden and had an opportunity to speak with gardeners and Master Gardeners about their garden plots.

Gardeners Greet Visitors at Scott Garden

Gardeners Greet Visitors at Scott Garden

Over at Glenlake Tennis Center, the annual Tennis Tournament was in its next to the last day. It got a little rained out Sunday afternoon so more play later this week. Winners of the Matches included Jonathan Aubrey and Joshua Weston/ Open Men Doubles; Adam Rosbury/A Men Singles; Blair John Lamey and Beaury Andrew Talley/A Men Doubles, Nia Willis/Sharon Burrow/ A Women Doubles; Jonathan Steinmetz and Sam Stewart/B Mens Doubles; Susan Morley/B Women Singles; Margie Crawfod and Jenny Wynne/B Women Doubles, Juan Manuel Delgado/C Men Singles; Lauren Hensler/C Women Singles, and Cameron Dicarlo and Pam Haggerty/C Women Doubles.

Healthy Monday Reset: Walk All Week

 

Walk All Week

 

If you need some help getting started, join our Walk With a Doc group every Wednesday at 10:30 am; in June it will begin at 10 am. Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and have a fun walk with lots of nice folks. For more information contact tracie.sanchez@decaturga.com.

The Pedestrain Advisory Committee leads Walk There! Decatur the Second Sunday of the month at 2 pm and the Fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30pm. For more information click here.

Biking in Decatur This Weekend

I-bike-decatur.webIt has been a great Bike to Work Week in Decatur. We started off our day with a Bike Commuter Breakfast outside the Decatur Recreation Center and tonight we will host the Third Friday Fun Ride! Meet in front of the Decatur Recreation Center and be ready to ride at 6:30 pm. We will ride a leisurely 5-6 miles around scenic neighborhoods, then stop off for refreshments at one of Decatur’s watering holes. This is a fun group and all levels of riders are welcome. Please wear a helmet and have lights on your bike for your ride home.

Saturday morning at 8 am the folks at Decatur Bikes will be leading a ride to Stone Mountain. Meet in the CVS lot across the street. All levels are welcome and helmets are required.

Bike on over to the Dedication of the Beacon Municipal Center which takes place from Noon until 3 pm. Decatur Active Living and Decatur Police are hosting a Bike Registration from 1 – 3 pm in front of the Police Department on Trinity Place during the afternoon.  Parking is limited at the center, so please consider riding your bike and then have it registered.

On Sunday join Bicyle South for a ride to Stone Mountain. Be ready to depart from the store at 9 am. Refreshments after th ride. Helmets are required. No ride if raining.

“Rules of the Road” for Smart Cycling

Ashley_Poster-570Here are five Rules of the Road from the League of American Bicyclists to prepare you for a safe and fun bike commute no matter where you are riding. // // // //

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