October 06, 2010
District Schools Celebrate International Walk to School Day 2010
Event Promotes Health and Environmental Benefits of Biking and Walking
- International Walk to School Day is an annual event that promotes the health and environmental benefits of walking and bicycling and draws attention to the need for safer routes to school.
(Washington, DC) This morning, students and parents in the District joined thousands of schools across the nation in celebrating the simple act of walking and bicycling to school. It’s International Walk to School Day, an annual event that promotes the health and environmental benefits of walking and bicycling and draws attention to the need for safer routes to school.
International Walk to School Day is promoted locally by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Safe Routes to School Program. The Safe Routes to School Program works with schools to improve safety for students who walk and bike to school.
Today, more than a dozen DC Schools are participating in International Walk to School Day. Highlights from DC’s events include:
- Students from eight Capitol Hill public schools met this morning for a Walk to School rally in Lincoln Park. Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition were in attendance.
The participating schools included Stuart Hobson Middle School, Peabody Elementary School, Watkins Elementary School, Maury Elementary School, Miner Elementary School, Tyler Elementary School, Payne Elementary School and Brent Elementary School.
- Kimball Elementary School is partnered with the DC SafeKids Coalition, the Children’s National Medical Center, and FedEx to hold a Walk to School Day celebration. Students from Sousa Middle School were also invited to attend. The event included a bicycle rodeo and other fun activities for the students.
- E.L. Haynes Public Charter School hosted a bike and walk to school day event. Students met at the Tivoli Fountains on 14th Street before a group bike ride and walk to each of the schools’ campuses.
- Whittier Elementary School partnered with Kaiser Permanente, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to host an active transportation party. One lucky participant will win a bicycle and the classroom with the most participation will receive a smoothie party.
- Janney Elementary School invited parents and students to join a Walking School Bus. A Walking School Bus is a group of students who walk to school with adult supervision.
Year-round, DDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program offers planning assistance for DC Schools that are interested in improving safety for student walkers and cyclists. For more information please visit the Safe Routes to School page on DDOT’s website.