Walk to School Day is
Every Tuesday in October, rain or shine, a group of students at New Searles Elementary School in
"We do Trek to School Tuesdays in October and one week of activities in June as part of Walk New Hampshire," said
To the south, families in
"We have enjoyed the opportunity to walk to school for the last three years," says
While many Walk to School events center on promoting physical activity, safety and environmental stewardship, rising fuel prices are playing a role on school trips, too.
"School boards across the country are faced with the conflict of balancing their fuel budgets — which too often gets translated into reduced school bus service — while facing increased transportation needs of families whose fuel budgets are also being squeezed," observes
For some families, this is an opportunity to give walking and bicycling to school a try. Walk to School Day is not a new initiative. The Partnership for a Walkable America sponsored the first National Walk Our Children to School Day in
Whatever the motivation, Walk to School boils down to families and community.
"Walking to school also gives us the chance to stay connected with our friends and neighbors as we visit along the way, keeping us involved in our community," adds Davini.
For more details and to see who's walking this year, visit www.walktoschool.org.
For photos of last year's Walk to School events in the U.S. and abroad, visit www.iwalktoschool.org/photos.
SOURCE UNC Highway Safety Research Center