Across the United States, more than 3,000 organizers will host International Walk to School Day events on October 9th. Will your school be one of them?
International Walk to School Day is celebrated in more than 40 countries worldwide. The program began in 1997 and has since grown from a single-day program to driving a year-round campaign advocating for safe pedestrian routes to school.
Schools from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. will participate in International Walk to School Day 2013, but so far only 21 of those are in Missouri.
It’s not too late for you to register your community for International Walk to School Day. One Illinois school waited until just before the big day to organize their event:
“This was the first time our school participated in Walk to School Day and we got started only a few days before the event. We received lots of positive feedback from all the families that participated and are encouraged about doing it again next year.”
Walking to school is good for the environment, and it’s also fun and healthy:
According to the International Walk to School Day website, “Walking and bicycling to school enables children to incorporate the regular physical activity they need each day while also forming healthy habits that can last a lifetime.”
When students in your neighborhood walk together, it promotes a strong sense of community. And when you walk together with your kids, you’ll feel closer to your community, too.
How to Participate
· Walk from home or from a neighborhood meet-up spot.
· Designate a community meet-up spot for families who live in rural areas. Make sure there’s plenty of parking, and encourage parents to walk with their kids from the designated meet-up spot to school.
· Upload Your Photos [http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/node/add/event-photos] of International Walk to School Day!
· Visit the Walk to School website for more ideas!
Missouri’s 21 Walk to School Day schools are located in Belton, Blue Springs, Bolivar, Columbia, Eldon, Independence, Kansas City, Lake Saint Louis, New Haven, St. Louis and University City. For details on each of those events, and to see if communities have registered new events, visit the Walk to School website.
More Helpful Walk to School Day Links
Planning Tips [http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/get-set/plan-the-event]
Tips for First-Timers [http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/get-set/plan-the-event/first-time-tips]
Ways to Participate [http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/ready/about-our-work/ways-to-participate]
Pedestrian Safety Tips [http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/safety]
Pedestrian Safety Resources [http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/keep-going/pedestrian-safety]
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Don’t Miss MOParent’s Back to School Safety Month post on Walking & Biking to School.