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February 20
South Carolina Walk to School Day in March
Hundreds of students will celebrate the second annual South Carolina (SC) Walk to School Day in March.
Organized by the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School Resource Center, SC Walk to School Day is part of a broader effort by many schools and communities to help get students more active.  Walking requires no special equipment, and even a ten minute brisk walk will increase physical activity and can help stimulate kids’ brains and improve school performance.
Walk to School events emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, concern for the environment, and building connections between families, schools, and the broader community.
SC Walk to School Day mirrors International Walk to School Day, a hugely popular South Carolina tradition in October when hundreds of schools participate with walk to school or walk at school events. This past October, South Carolina had an all-time record for the number of registered events in the state.  With 210 schools registered, South Carolina ranked in the top 5 states in the nation with the highest number of schools participating.  The Resource Center has over 170 schools registered for SC Walk to School Day.
By organizing park-and-walk sites, or walk at school events, schools include students who live too far from school to walk regularly.  Schools have figured out how to get students excited about waking up a bit earlier and walking to school, with local celebrities such as the Carolina Panthers’ Sir Purr coming out to help talk to kids about why walking is fun, healthy, and good for the environment.
SC Walk to School Day helps schools initiate conversations about how walking and biking can:
·         Enhance health by increasing the amount of physical activity
·         Improve air quality by reducing automobile emissions in the school zone
·         Make the streets safer by relieving traffic congestion
The Safe Routes to School Resource Center is a federally-funded project of SCDOT that provides education, encouragement, and planning support to schools throughout South Carolina that partner with the Resource Center. Services and materials are provided at no cost to K-8 schools and their communities.
Contact the Resource Center’s School Outreach Coordinators or go to SCSafeRoutes.org  for more information about events, materials, and opportunities to participate.  
For additional information, please visit these web sites:
SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center           www.scsaferoutes.org
SC Department of Transportation                             www.scdot.org
International Walk to School in the USA                 www.walkbiketoschool.org                                  
National Center for Safe Routes to School            www.saferoutesinfo.org     
International Walk to School                                       www.iwalktoschool.org