Students and parents from Park Elementary walking and biking for Walk to School Day in May 2014.

Students and parents from Park Elementary walking and biking for Walk to School Day in May 2014.

Several area schools, including Kenwood, Northeast, Park, and Windy Hills Elementary, will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 8, 2014

 

Up to 80% of  students from the different schools will be walking and rolling to school Wednesday along with parents and teachers.

 

Special activities associated with the walk include rewards for all walkers and bikers, students commuting together from alternative drop off and pick up location near their school, and greetings from UNK athletes when student arrive at school.  

 

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

 

The event is being organized by Activate Buffalo County, powered by Buffalo County Community Partners, through its Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS). SRTS programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.

 

For additional local information, please contact Kate Hannon at 308-865-2287 or by email.