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International Walk to School Day

Mesa students celebrate on Oct.4

Post Date:10/02/2017 10:30 AM

MESA, AZ – Today schools, cities, volunteer groups, public health and law enforcement agencies and parents alike are organizing Walk to School Day
events to celebrate the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation. In Mesa, 10 elementary schools, in conjunction with the Mesa Police Department and City of Mesa Transportation Department will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

Approximately 5,000 Mesa students from Sousa, Crismon, Hermosa Vista, Lowell, Longfellow, and Lincoln Elementary will be invited to join together to celebrate safe, active transportation. Schools will deliver pedestrian education for both students and parents, through assemblies, newsletters, PE classes, and announcements prior to their event.

Participation in the annual event grows every year with more than 2,500 schools across 49 states participating in the festivities.

“Bringing pedestrian safety to an individual school empowers the students to truly take ownership of their safe route to school and feel confident in their travel to and from their home. The program continues to expand into new Mesa schools each year,” City of Mesa Transportation Safety Educator Ashley Barinka said.

The idea is to walk to school together with a purpose — to promote health, safety, physical activity, aid in the reduction of traffic congestion during the drop off and pick up at a school and concern for the environment. Pedestrian and bicycle safety messages are also provided to children.

Media is welcome to attend the celebration; contact Amy McConnell for additional details.

Transportation Department
Contact: Amy McConnell
Office: 480-644-6553; Cell: 480-489-8792
amy.mcconnell@mesaaz.gov

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