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International Walk to School Day 2017

support of International Walk to School Day

Post Date:09/21/2017

 

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City of Carmel
www.carmel.in.gov
One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032

 

NEWS RELEASE

Date:                 October 3, 2017
Contact:          Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474
Release:
          Immediate

 

International Walk to School Day 2017

 

Carmel, IN – Several million children and their families around the world will be taking to their feet in support of International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 4th. Children and their families from all schools in Carmel are encouraged to take part by walking to school tomorrow morning.

This will be the 12th year Carmel Clay Schools have participated in Walk to School Day. Last year 1,866 Carmel Clay Elementary students walked to school. This year’s Walk to School Day activities are planned at the following Elementary Schools: Carmel, Cherry Tree, College Wood, Forest Dale, Mohawk Trails, Orchard Park, Prairie Trace, Smoky Row, West Clay and Woodbrook.  Smoky Row and Woodbrook held their  Walk to School Days on October 3rd and all of the other schools’ events are on the 4th. Schools are encouraging students to walk to school and some are including walking and bicycling safety lessons in their PE classes. Please use extra caution when driving near schools on Walk to School Day.

In the United States, International Walk to School Day is expected to include more than 5,000 schools across all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in more than 40 countries around the world on Walk to School Day in an effort to reduce the number of short car trips on the daily school-run.

The aim of International Walk to School Day is to raise awareness about the many positive health, safety and environmental benefits gained from regular walking to and from school. It also encourages families to actively participate and to share their experiences with a global audience. If most families who regularly drive short trips to school were to walk together just a few days a week, astonishing differences could be noticed – not the least of which is fewer fill-ups at the gas station. 

 

Read more about this global event: http://walkbiketoschool.org/

 

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