The City of Fort Collins, Poudre School District (PSD) and local K-12 students will celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 4.
For more than 20 years, International Walk to School Day has served as a celebration of the health and community benefits of kids using “active transportation” to get to and from school. This year, children in more than 40 countries, including the United States and Canada, will participate in this fun and exciting event.
The City’s Safe Routes to School program, which helps promote the event, expects to see about 20 local schools participating, including Beattie Elementary, where all students will take part.
“We at Beattie Elementary are dedicating the whole day to wellness, beginning with a whole-school nature walk!” said Michelle Mueller, physical education teacher at Beattie. Beattie students will also enjoy a healthy picnic lunch together outdoors and many other wellness activities.
“Every year this event continues to grow in Fort Collins,” said Nancy Nichols, Safe Routes to School coordinator for the City. “I’m simply amazed at how our local principals, PE teachers and parents have embraced both International Walk to School Day in October and National Bike to School Day in May. Our participation levels for these two events are some of the best anywhere in Colorado.”
Factors contributing to children’s safety when walking or bicycling include traveling with a group rather than alone and choosing a safe route that employs multi-use paths, sidewalks, designated crosswalks, crossing guards and streets with slower speeds and lower traffic volumes. Children’s safety also depends on motorists’ awareness of children along roadways and cautious driving anywhere children may be present, including neighborhood streets, school areas and parks.
To see whether your school is planning to celebrate International Walk to School Day, find your school on the national website, walkbiketoschool.org, and contact the school office for details.
For more information on the City of Fort Collins’ Safe Routes to School program, visit fcgov.com/saferoutes.
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