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Battlement Mesa school wins Bike and Walk to School Challenge

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Bea Underwood Elementary in Battlement Mesa was the winner among the 12 elementary and middle schools in Garfield County that participated in the fourth annual Bike and Walk to School Challenge, held April 23–25.

Carbondale Middle School was second, and the Carbondale Community School came in third. Rifle Middle School earned the highest number of points before contest officials adjusted for school size, and won the “Jumbo Savers” award.

Alpine Bank provided cash prizes for the four winning schools: $1,000 for Bea Underwood Elementary, $500 each for Rifle Middle and Carbondale Middle, and $250 for Carbondale Community School. Alpine Bank also provided $50 and $25 cash cards for the top-three finishing classes at each of the 12 schools.

The 167 classes and 5,575 students that took part were given points based on rates of participation in the morning and evening for walking, biking, carpooling and riding buses to and from school, as well as for signing a commitment to using alternative transportation throughout the remainder of the school year and during the summer. Altogether, the 5,575 students saved 21,098 pounds of carbon dioxide and $37,574 in vehicle costs (fuel, wear and tear, etc.), and burned 232,603 calories.

The other eight schools competing in the challenge were Highland Elementary in Rifle, Elk Creek Elementary, Kathryn Senor Elementary and Riverside Middle School in New Castle, Sopris Elementary, Glenwood Springs Elementary and Glenwood Springs Middle schools, and Crystal River Elementary in Carbondale.

“Students in this part of Colorado are very excited about saving energy and leading healthy, active lives,” said Challenge coordinator Cathy Tuttle of CLEER, which ran the Challenge for Garfield Clean Energy. “A big thank you to Alpine Bank for supporting this event.”

For complete results from the Bike and Walk to School Challenge, visit http://www.GarfieldCleanEnergy.org and click on the “Transportation” drop-down.


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