The Department of Fire & Rescue will join with Prince William County Public Schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 3, 2012.
Approximately 1000 students from 27 different elementary schools will be walking and rolling to school on Wed, October 3, 2012 along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Chief Kevin McGee and other fire & rescue personnel will be out in force walking with students to and from school.
The event will begin at the start of the school’s day with kids, parents and community leaders walking from different locations across the county. “Last year, I enjoyed walking with the students at T. Clay Wood Elementary,” Chief Kevin McGee, Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue. “The Walk to School activities that each participating school undertakes heightens the importance of safe routes to and from school each day while encouraging all students to walk and be active for their health as well as their safety.”
In 2011, International Walk to School Day was celebrated at more than 4,000 events at schools across the United States, along with children and adults in 40 countries around the world. Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.
“We thank our partner, Prince William County Public Schools, for the support and commitment to the safety and health of our students here in Prince William County” Assistant Chief Lance McClintock, Prince William County Department of Fire & Rescue.
For additional local information and a complete list of schools participating, please contact Bob Wall, 703-967-0614.
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About International Walk to School Day
- Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.
- In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.
- The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the United States.
- Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
- Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the United States include America Walks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.