Alaska Schools to Celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School, supported by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities’ Safe Routes to School Program, SEARHC, and the Juneau Police Department, will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday.

Approximately 100 students from Dzantik’i Heeni will be walking and rolling to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Officer Sarah Hieb from JPD will be one community leader walking with students from the Walmart city bus stop at 7:30 a.m. with an organized “Walking School Bus” (where a group of students, accompanied by one or more adult volunteers, walks to school together). A walking school bus will also be leaving the Lemon Creek city bus stop on Davis St. at 7:30 a.m. Look for bright signs and a group of students. Students will be met at DZ with hot apple cider and hot chocolate with as well as a chance to win fun prizes.

International Walk to School Day is expected to be celebrated at more than 3,500 events at participating schools in the U.S. Walkers from the all across America will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

Walk to School events work 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, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.