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October 07, 2013 12:23 PM
Missouri Students Participate in Walk to School Day

JEFFERSON CITY - Missourians might notice more neighborhood foot traffic this week as students from more than 20 Missouri schools participate in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 9.

October is Walk to School Month and the Missouri Department of Transportation encourages parents and communities to help children establish ongoing walking and cycling programs.

"The physical fitness benefits are obvious. What's interesting is, if more children walked or bicycled to school, fewer cars would be nearby at pick-up and drop-off locations, making it safer for walkers and bicyclists," said Safe Routes to School Coordinator Jeff Cremer. "Fewer vehicles also result in fewer air pollutants. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of poor air quality."

One of the most popular program activities is called the walking school bus. Groups of children walk designated routes to school under adult supervision, picking up kids along the way similar to a bus. For some neighborhoods it's a casual group walk, while others set up a formal plan with adults scheduled to walk on certain days. Families who live farther from school can drive part of the way and join the walk along the designated route.

MoDOT oversees the Safe Routes to School program, which provides children in grades K-8 with education, training and infrastructure for bicycling and walking to school safely. The program is designed to provide public awareness and outreach to encourage walking and bicycling to school, instead of riding in cars and buses.

Is the event at your school on the national list? Find out by visiting http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/. There you can learn more about how your community benefits when students walk and bike to school.

 

The 23 schools that registered their events as of 9 a.m., October 7, 2013 include:

Belton

Cambridge Elementary

Gladden Elementary

Scott Elementary

  

Blue Springs

Daniel Young Elementary

 

Bolivar

Bolivar Intermediate School

Bolivar Middle School

Bolivar Primary School

 

Columbia

Gentry Middle School

 

Eldon

Eldon South Elementary

 

Independence

Three Trails Elementary

 

Kansas City

Briarcliff Elementary

Crestview Elementary

Faxon Elementary

James Elementary

Kellybrook Elementary

Liberty Oaks Elementary

 

Lake St. Louis

Green Tree Elementary

 

Moberly

South Park Elementary

 

New Haven

New Haven Elementary

 

St. Louis

Bayless Elementary

Bayless Middle School

Bayless High School

 

University City

Christ the King School

 

Other schools might be participating, but have not registered with the event website.

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