On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, a celebration of International Walk to School Day invited students, parents, and teachers to walk and bike to school. International Walk to School Day is a global celebration that has been working to encourage alternative modes of transportation that are good for our children since 1997.
This year, Safe Kids Greater Tampa and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, the Hillsborough County School District, Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue, Kids Power – Get Your Fit On, and FedEx worked together to encourage over 1200 students and caregivers to walk and bike to school safely. International Walk to School Day is a chance for the Tampa community to come together to celebrate physical activity and school pride. Participating schools were Roosevelt, Fishhawk, Hunter’s Green, and Turner-Bartels Elementary.
“We hope this will turn into a fun daily routine and that the kids will be cautious while doing it,” says Jaime Verberne, Safe Kids Greater Tampa Coordinator. “Our goal is for our students to achieve their recommended 1 hour of physical activity a day, live healthy lifestyles, and do it safely.”
To learn more about International Walk to School day, visit: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/