Alabama Schools to Celebrate International Walk to School Day

More than sixty schools in Alabama will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 3.{}{} Kids in grades K-8, parents, teachers and community leaders will 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 7-9 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. 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.