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Posted September 30, 2011
Join in on International Walk to School Day, Oct. 5!

Calling all parents! Schools in Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 5, 2011. Students from local schools will be walking and rolling to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders to build awareness about pedestrian and bicycle safety issues, and to promote fitness. Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Children on Walk to School Day"On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers both teach and model safe pedestrian behavior," said Cheryl Stacks, City of St. Petersburg Transportation and Parking Management Department and Safe Kids Pinellas Council Bike/Pedestrian Committee Chair.  "International Walk to School Day is the perfect opportunity for students to learn how to remain injury-free as they walk to and from school."

Additionally, Safe Kids USA is hosting a photo contest on Facebook for International Walk to School Day.  The winning images will be those that best represent children walking to school safely and show how Safe Kids' materials were used to support the event. The school that submits the winning photo will receive a $5,000 prize and a visit from Sesame Street's Grover.  The prize money will be spent to further encourage students to walk to school or for the purchase of educational materials that benefit the general student body.

For information about Walk to School Day at your school,  please contact your local elementary or middle school to see if they are participating, and watch for messages home early next week about Walk to School Day!