Alabama Schools to Celebrate International Walk to School Day

PRESS RELEASE

MONTGOMERY
– More than sixty schools in Alabama will join schools from around the
world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct.
3.

Transportation Director John Cooper and Kay Batey, Federal Highway Administration
Alabama Assistant Division Administrator,
will walk with students from Montgomery's Chisholm Elementary School
Wednesday as part of Alabama's Safe Routes to School program.

 

Kids in
grades K-8, parents, teachers and community leaders walk and bike to and
from school to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety and the health
benefits of exercising.
Statewide participation at individual schools will occur from 7-9 a.m. Oct. 3 and throughout the month.

 

Events
include organized walks, Walking School Buses, special bike rides,
interactive simulated computer games, parades and other local projects. A
list of participating schools, as of press time, is attached.
Additional schools may be added to the list.

 

Walk to
School events demonstrate the need to make walking and biking to school
safer and raise awareness of the benefits of participation. Benefits
include increasing the physical activity of children, fighting
childhood obesity, reducing traffic congestion and fuel consumption,
and making communities more pedestrian friendly.

 

In
the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to be celebrated
at more than 3,500 events at participating schools. Walkers from the
U.S. will join children and adults
in 40 countries around the world.

 

In
Alabama, Walk to School Day/Month is supported by the Alabama
Departments of Transportation, Education, and Public Health. Please
visit
www.walktoschool.org for further information.

 

ALDOT's mission is
to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally and economically sound
transportation network across Alabama. For additional information, visit
www.dot.state.al.us

(SOURCE: ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION)