October 5, 2011, is International Walk to School Day
More than 100 schools and over 50,000 students, parents, educators, and neighbors in South Carolina will participate in International Walk to School Day events on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. In 2010, South Carolina was one of the top six states in the country in participation in International Walk to School Day.
Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents,
school and local officials walking to school together on a designated
day. Today, the event has grown to include thousands of schools in over
40 countries. To find participating schools in your area go to http://www.walktoschool.org/who/.
South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Safe Routes to
School Program (SRTS) helps promote South Carolina’s International Walk
to School Day Events.
schools will encourage students to walk to school from their homes with
an adult and in groups. Other schools will organize students at a
central walking location or host Walk to School events. Walk to School
events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and
emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children,
pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion, creating concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the community.
For additional information, please visit these Web sites:
International Walk to School in the USA www.walktoschool.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org
SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center www.scsaferoutes.org
International Walk to School www.iwalktoschool.org
CONTACT: Rodney Oldham, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator, SCDOT (803) 737-4073.