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Alabama schools to celebrate International Walk to School Day

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More than sixty schools in Alabama will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Transportation Director John Cooper and Kay Batey, Federal Highway Administration Alabama Assistant Division Administrator, will walk with students from Montgomery's Chisholm Elementary School Wednesday as part of Alabama's Safe Routes to School program.

Kids in grades K-8, parents, teachers and community leaders walk and bike to and from school to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety and the health benefits of exercising. Statewide participation at individual schools will occur from 7 to 9 a.m. Oct. 3 and throughout the month.  

Events include organized walks, Walking School Buses, special bike rides, interactive simulated computer games, parades and other local projects. A list of participating schools, as of press time, is attached. Additional schools may be added to the list. 

Walk to School events demonstrate the need to make walking and biking to school safer and raise awareness of the benefits of participation. Benefits include increasing the physical activity of children, fighting childhood obesity, reducing traffic congestion and fuel consumption, and making communities more pedestrian friendly. 

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

In Alabama, Walk to School Day/Month is supported by the Alabama Departments of Transportation, Education, and Public Health. Please visit www.walktoschool.org for further information.     

ALDOT's mission is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally and economically sound transportation network across Alabama. For additional information, visit www.dot.state.al.us 

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