Broome County School to Celebrate International Walk to School Day

BINGHAMTON, NY - Calvin Coolidge Elementary in Binghamton will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 8, 2008.

Students from Calvin Coolidge will be walking or bicycling to school Wednesday, October 8, along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Members from Calvin Coolidge, United Health Services Stay Healthy Center, the Broome County Health Department, B.C. Walks and the Binghamton Police Department Bike Patrol will be there to greet the students that morning.

The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with students, parents and community leaders walking from specified “drop off” points. Other special activities associated with the walk include a poster contest, a bicycle helmet raffle, a free healthy breakfast and a chance to have your picture taken with the “Walking School Bus.”

In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include 5,000 schools from all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. 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.

For additional local information, please contact Cindy O'Shea at (607) 242-3257 or Christine Muss at 607.778.2807

For additional information, please visit these Web sites:

International Walk to School in the USA www.walktoschool.org

National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org

International Walk to School www.iwalktoschool.org

About International Walk to School Day

• Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.

• In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.

• The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the USA.

• Today, more than 5,000 schools in the USA participate in International Walk to School Day. Nearly 4 million people participate in approximately 40 countries as part of International Walk to School.

• Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.

• Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the U.S. include America Walks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

10/09/2008 - 4:00am