From the Washoe County School District:
Hundreds of Washoe County School District (WCSD) students will join millions of children around the world when they participate in the 16th Annual International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 9. This global event involves communities from more than 40 countries whose children will be walking and biking to school on the same day.
"Walk to School Day is designed to raise awareness in the community about healthy, active lifestyles and physical activity," said WCSD School Police Officer MJ Cloud, who coordinates the event each year. "Our team devotes hundreds of hours each year to organizing these Walk to School Day activities for students, parents, teachers, principals, and the community at large, and it has grown each year. This is a great time to draw attention to the health benefits of physical activity, as well as the safety aspects of watching for children who are walking or biking to school each day."
Launched in 1997, Walk to School Day has become part of a movement for year-around safe routes to school and a celebration that consistently achieves record-breaking participation each October. In 2012, more than 4,000 schools across America from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participated.
"Providing a safe environment and encouraging students to choose walking and biking to school are the major goals for Safe Routes To School," said WCSD School Police Chief Mike Mieras. "This event helps identify safety issues, calm traffic, and encourage communities to support student safety. Many of the Walk to School events are part of ongoing activities to promote walking and bicycling throughout the year, and we look forward to participating every year."
From the Washoe County School District