Schools across the nation to celebrate a month of walking to school | Community Spirit
The weather is quickly cooling off from summer, so why not walk to school? Bundling up is as fun as a barrel of monkeys and creates character, right? Plus, when kids are older, they can literally say: “Back in my day, I walked to school up hill both ways and in the snow.”
October is International Walk to School Month which means participating schools and organizations will bring awareness to community issues like physical activity, clean air, pedestrian safety and family connections.
The group behind Walk to School Month started in 1997 as a way to bring together community leaders and kids to build awareness of walkable communities.
In Washington, the Department of Transportation (WSDOT), has awarded nearly $29 million since 2005 to 90 Washington communities to fund cost-effective projects that improve pedestrian safety and reduce congestion in area traffic so kids can get to school in a healthier form of transportation.
WSDOT says 54 events are planned across the state to attract attention to the benefits of walking to school.
Extra Tidbit: International Walk to School Month says they’re new motto is “Hike it. Bike it. I like it!” Do your kids walk to school?