Walk to School Day is being celebrated on Wednesday, October 10, in Pima County. The event is held each year to encourage active ways for children to get to school and to improve air quality around schools and in neighborhoods. A record number of local schools participated last year in Pima County’s Walk to School Day, and it is hoped even more sign up this year. Many of the schools received special training from the Pima County Department of Transportation or Safe Kids Tucson, a program that works to enhance child safety. The International Walk to School Day is October 3, however because that date conflicts with TUSD’s fall vacation this year, the event is scheduled in Pima County for the following week.
To register your school, contact Donna Lewandowski at (520) 243-BIKE or firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1. Registered schools will receive promotional posters and a prize for each participant. The first 50 schools to register will also receive a Razor scooter to raffle off as part of the event to help promote active “commuting” by students and families.
Walking and bicycling improve health through physical activity, help reduce obesity, reduce traffic congestion and associated vehicle emissions, and provide family members with an opportunity to spend quality time with each other and to connect with neighbors.
The Pima County Department of Transportation, Safe Kids Tucson, and the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality’s Clean Air Program are working together to encourage children, parents and guardians to take part in “Walk to School Day.”