Students and teachers at Ivy Academy will run, bicycle, walk, ride the bus, carpool, and a few will even kayak for their commute to and from school on Tuesday. One year, a student arrived to school on her horse. This is the third year for Ivy’s Alternative Transportation Day.
Ivy is doing this in honor of Earth Day. Ivy Academy Director Angie Markum says, “We hope to promote the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle, to raise awareness about lessening our dependence on fossil fuels, and to foster a sense of community.”
Teachers and students will be involved in alternative transportation day and will have the choice on how their “ride” to school can contribute to their health and the health of the planet. Like last year, alternative transportation day takes place on Earth Day. All teachers and students will arrive at Ivy Academy, 8443 Dayton Pike, by 8:40 a.m. and will return by the same means when school releases at 3:45 p.m.
The past two years this event created a positive buzz in the community, said officials. A user named, Tennessee Native, commented on a local television station’s website, “So glad there's a school like this in Hamilton County. Way to go Ivy for raising awareness about environmental issues such as fuel consumption and health issues such as a sedentary lifestyle.”