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September 28
South Carolina Schools to Celebrate Walk to School Day

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.

 

               International 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/.

 

               The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) helps promote South Carolina’s International Walk to School Day Events.  

 

               Many 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.