Parents, teachers and students at H.L. Johnson Elementary School walked to school to kick off Walking Wednesdays on International Walk to School Day, Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Teacher Wendy Elgersma coordinated the event along with South Florida Commuter Services’ SchoolPool program. Volunteers from the school’s safety patrol assisted with the event, which promoted health, safety, the environment and fun. Walkers and bicyclists received prizes.
In 2001, 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 community.