On Friday, May 17th, volunteers from the Northwest Neighborhood and Whittier PTA had no idea what to expect. We estimated around 50 students would participate in the first bike to school in partnership with the neighborhood association. It was pouring. We were a bit nervous. And, we didn’t need to be.
Over 100 students showed up with their parents, younger siblings, and adult volunteers including Everett’s Mayor Cassie Franklin. We ate snacks from Cafe Zippy, did art projects, had our bike checked by Eric from Bayside Bikes, picked up water bottle from Kulits Orthodontics, and learned about the upcoming season from the Everett AquaSox. Lots of people were under the beautifully flowering wisteria.
About 8:00 a.m. we heard from Kari Quaas, Northwest’s Chair, Jen Selders, Whittier PTA lead, and Mayor Cassie Franklin. And, then, they were off following safely behind our Everett Police escort to Whittier down Hoyt Ave. and then 10th Street. WHAT A BLAST!
Thank you to everyone who participated, our partners with Whittier PTA especially Jen Selders, Brenda White, and Whittier Principal Tony Wentworth, parents, siblings, Bayside Bikes, Kulits Orthodontics, AquaSox, Cafe Zippy and our wonderful Northwest Neighbors – Joni, Holly, Kristina, Coral, Jackie, Tim and Patrick – for greeting and cross-guarding the participants safely to Drew Nielsen Park.