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October 01, 2009

Walking with a Purpose

Childrencrossing Tie those laces. Pack those lunches. Zip up that backpack. Get ready, set, walk to school.

Schools around the world are participating in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 7. This event is an important reminder of how we can keep kids safe, healthy, and happy in schools.

Driving kids to school instead of walking exposes them to so many carbon emissions that it could be detrimental to their health and the environment.

Unfortunately, accidents where cars hit kids on their way to school are all too common. Earlier this week in Pleasant Hill, Calif., two girls were struck while crossing the street on their way to middle school. Events like International Walk to School Day help communities understand that more needs to be done to create safer routes so children aren’t afraid to go to school.

Getting involved in children’s day-to-day lives will definitely improve their quality of life. It’s a basic concept, yet more and more situations where kids just aren’t going out to play because playgrounds aren’t safe or they don’t have parental supervision are becoming more common.

So think of International Walk to School Day as international let’s be a better community for our kids day instead.

If your school isn’t registered or planning any events, you can still register on the organization’s Web site. For advice on how to get this event started at your school, visit the blog Free Range Kids.

--Julie Littman

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