Virginia Fall 2016 School Champion Award Winner
Virginia: Wolftrap Elementary School, Vienna
I can think of no one more deserving of the School Champion Award than Mr. Jeff Anderson, parent at Wolftrap Elementary School. Mr. Anderson began his efforts in 2009 to create safe opportunities for families to bike and walk to school and has been the driving force behind multiple initiatives that have become widely popular at our school and have spread to nearby elementary schools. Not only does he lead efforts to participate in International Walk to School Day annually in October, but he coordinates monthly Walking Wednesdays, monthly Bike Trains, competitions with nearby schools called Bike/Walk Challenge Week, and grade-level competitions at the local school level. His Bike Train was featured on Nickelodeon in 2012 and our students were also featured in a public safety video created by the Fairfax County Police Department. Mr. Anderson has become a spokesperson for student safety and has educated our community by providing resources and by speaking at public parent meetings. Most recently he formed a committee to discuss how to work with the Virginia DOT [Department of Transportation] and Fairfax County DOT to improve safety conditions on Beulah Road, the road on which Wolftrap Elementary is located. His efforts have also decreased the amount of cars in our kiss-and-ride lane, and I often hear him congratulating the students who bike or walk for helping the environment by lessening carbon emissions in Vienna. Mr. Anderson truly is the champion of helping our school reach success in Safe Routes to School!