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What began in 1997 as a one-day event in Chicago, International Walk to School Day has grown into a movement for year-round safety when it comes to kids and their routes to school. This year’s Walk to School Day takes place Wednesday, October 4.
With participants in over 40 countries and all 50 states, Walk to School Day celebrates the many benefits of walking to school which include overall health, increased concentration in class and better performance in schoolwork. Even better, this annual event is a fun way to build community between families, schools and neighborhoods.
This year, more than 50 schools across Orange County have signed up to walk and promote healthy, safe lifestyles. Best Foot Forward and partners Healthy Central Florida, Orange County’s Walk-Ride-Thrive, Safe Routes to School and more will be out and about again walking with kids and promoting safe walking habits. Is your school participating this year? Check with your child’s school to get involved or check Walk to School Day list to see if your school has officially signed up and who is coordinating the event. If not, volunteer to lead a walk. It’s fun, it’s healthy and it’s free.