Laurel School students showcase Safe Routes while participating in International Walk to School Day

by Contributed Content on October 8, 2014

Today, students from Laurel School participated in the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Safe Routes to School Grant Program while celebrating International Walk to School Day.

Laurel walk to school kids_vertInternational Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. The event galvanizes visibility for walking and bicycling to school and supports the goals of a countywide program called Safe Routes to School.

Safe Routes to School is a national effort to promote walking, biking, and carpooling as a means of building connected communities, promoting health, increasing safety, decreasing school traffic, and improving air quality. Activities such as bike rodeos, pedestrian safety assemblies, parent outreach, and volunteer workshops provide the ongoing encouragement and education necessary to continue and sustain Safe Routes initiatives.

Safe Routes to School of San Mateo County will host three other countywide events for the 2014-2015 school year. These events are the Golden Sneaker Competition in February and March 2015, Earth Day on April 17, 2015 and National Bike to School Day on May 6, 2015. Like International Walk to School Day, these events support Safe Routes to School program goals.

Photos by Laura Hamilton

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