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Health & Safety: Walk To School

Walk to School is a program that began in Chicago by Partnership for a Walkable America in 1997. 

Today, Walk to School Day is celebrated across the U.S. and the world every October.  The goal is to promote safer streets, encourage healthier habits, and promote clean air by walking and biking. 


PTAs, in cooperation with school administrators, encourage children and families to walk to and from school by providing fun learning activities.  Some schools make it a simple event by encouraging walking that day.  Others provide incentives, invite local dignitaries, and use school mascots to cheer walkers and bikers.  For children who are unable to walk due to distance, many provide activities during recess, lunch, or PE to enable participation and encourage awareness for all.


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