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The National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) has announced that South Carolina had the highest participation rate of any state on International Walk to School Day. The National Center for Safe Routes to School released the 2012 Walk to School Day Report this month.
International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event.
Last year, more than 4,000 events were held across the country. This is more than any previous year. South Carolina celebrated with 210 events across the state. One out of every five elementary and middle schools in the state registered a Walk to School Event.
The 2012 Walk to School Day Report also listed the most common motivators schools reported for holding a Walk to School Day event. These include:
-‐ Physical Activity/ Obesity Prevention (38.4% schools reported)
-‐ Supports a SRTS program (20.2%)
-‐ Pedestrian Safety (12.1%)
International Walk to School Day 2013 is Oct. 9. The South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center, a federally-funded project of the South Carolina Department of Transportation is looking forward to another record-breaking year. Browse the Resource Center's Promotion web page for Walk to School Day event ideas. To register a school event, please visit www.walkbiketoschool.org. For more information about the South Carolina Safe Routes to School program, please go to www.SCSafeRoutes.org or call the Resource Center hotline at 1.855.4SC.SRTS.