Over a Thousand Students Participate in International Walk to School Day Throughout Sacramento

In Celebration of the 20th anniversary of International Walk to School Day, WALKSacramento supported over 10 events throughout the Sacramento Region, including two larger walks in the Twin Rivers and San Juan Unified School Districts. Walk to School Day (W2SD) is an international event that encourages students to be safe and active on their way to school and learn how fun walking and biking can be! W2SD highlights the importance of Safe Routes to School programs and is a great way to educate students and parents on ways to lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

In the Twin Rivers Unified School District, WALKSacramento partnered with the City of Sacramento, Noralto and Harmon Johnson Elementary Schools, the Health Education Council, the California Department of Public Health, and several other volunteers to lead nearly 800 students to School!! This special event builds off of a regular walk to school day at each school to celebrate the recently completed Acacia Avenue streetscape improvements. The improvements include new sidewalks and crossings for students getting to and from school. With the help of the Twin Rivers Police Department, we were able to temporarily close the street in front of the school, making this the first “open streets” Walk to School Day event in the region. As part of the “open street” event, students were paraded to school by the incredible Grant High School Drumline who made today’s Walk to School day truly unforgettable!

In addition to the open street parade, students and parents were joined by partners from the Health Education Council in colorful fruit suits promoting health eating and active living. To further reinforce a culture of health, students in the after school program created artful “Walk to School Day 2016” posters that they carried with them on their way to school. Finally, students at Noralto Elementary School will learn more safety tips today as they read Clifford Takes a Walk, a collaboration between Safe Kids International and FedEx.

At Thomas Edison Language Institute in the San Juan Unified School District, WALKSacramento kicked off a month and a half long Walk to School Day promotional series with a very well attended event. In celebration of newly completed Hurley Way streetscape improvements including new sidewalks, pedestrian bulb-outs, and signal timing, WALKSacramento partnered with the School District, the California Highway Patrol, Safe Kids Greater Sacramento, and FedEx to lead walking school buses. Students received incentive prizes including fitness finder charm bracelets that they can add onto each time they walk. WALKSacramento will be leading weekly walking school buses with students at Thomas Edison through mid-November.