Happy International Walk to School Day! According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, there are over 4,300 schools participating in events today, and over 150 in the Greater Washington, DC region! Events like this are a great opportunity to promote active, healthy living in our school-aged children, and demonstrate the possibilities of having Safe Routes to School. Congratulations to those of you who planned and/or participated in successful events this morning. Here are a few pictures from our morning in Lincoln Park in Capitol Hill.
There was also local coverage of Walk to School Day in two local newspapers: the Washington Post and Fairfax Times. The Washington Post recently featured an article about the Walking School Bus and several Walk to School Day events planned by schools in the DC region this week. The article mentions Walking School Bus efforts at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Northwest Washington, Vienna Elementary School in Fairfax County and Lafayette Elementary in Washington’s Chevy Chase neighborhood. It also highlights Walk to School Day events planned for Lincoln Park in Capitol Hill, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, DC and Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, Maryland. The article also features quotes from several Safe Routes to School coordinators in the region. The full article can be found here.
A recent article in the Fairfax Times features the Safe Routes to School program at Fairfax County Public Schools. The Fairfax County Police Department is providing extra training to school crossing guards to deal with congestion and make it safer for kids to walk and bike to school. The article quotes Sally Smallwood, the Safe Routes to School coordinator for Fairfax County Public Schools, and highlights Walk to School Day. The full article is available here.