International Walk to School Day Wednesday | Events
Nearly 40 schools in Alabama will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 5.
Keeping with this year’s theme, Hike it, Bike it, I like it!, students from around the state will walk and bike to school as part of Alabama’s Safe Routes to School program Walk to School Day on the 5th, and Walk to School Month the month of October.
Kids in Grades K-8, parents, teachers and community leaders will walk and bike to and from school to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety and the health benefits of exercising. Statewide participation at individual schools will occur from 7-9 a.m., October 5 and throughout the month. Events include organized walks, Walking School Buses, special bike rides, interactive simulated computer games, parades and other local projects. A list of participating schools is located on the second page.
Walk to School events demonstrate the need to make walking and biking to school safer and raise awareness of the benefits of participation. Benefits include increasing the physical activity of children, fighting childhood obesity, reducing traffic congestion and fuel consumption and making communities more walking friendly.
In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to be celebrated at over 3,500 events at participating schools. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.
Huntsville schools participating:
Ridgecrest Elementary School - Contact Mike Lowery with questions at 256-428-7380
Whitesburg Middle School - Contact Lynn McQueen with questions at 256-428-7780
In Alabama, Walk to School Day/Month is supported by the Alabama Departments of Transportation, Education, and Public Health. Please visit www.walktoschool.org for further information.
ALDOT’s mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally and economically sound transportation network across Alabama. For additional information, visit www.dot.state.al.us