Will yours be one of the hundreds of students walking and biking to school next Wednesday?
International Walk to School Day is coming up on Oct. 3, and local schools are working to find safe routes for students to utilize. In Silver Spring, seven schools will participate in the event, according to walktoschool.org, along with 30 other schools countywide.
Events in Silver Spring, along with organizer names and phone numbers:Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School Jorinna Zuber 301-989-6030 Walk to School Day 2012 East Silver Spring Elementary School Jean Couchman 301-640-6420 East Silver Spring ES Walk to School Day 2012 Forest Knolls Elementary School Diane Lill 301-649-8060 Forest Knolls Elementary School Greencastle Elementary School Tamar Ruth 301 595 2940 Castle Walk-A-Thon Highland View Elementary School Jennifer Chambers 301-650-6426 HVES Walking School Bus Sligo Creek Elementary School Jo Rasi 301-562-2722 SCES Joins National Walk to School Day William Tyler Page Elementary School Melody Gannon 301-989-5672 Walk to School Day
Drew Elementary will be the official Walk to School site for the county and participants will meet at Good Hope Community Center at 8:50 a.m. and walk to the school. The community center is at 14715 Good Hope Road.
This international event was first proposed to bring together community leaders and children to create awareness of the need for communities to be walkable. Today, walkers all over the country will be stretching their legs for a variety of reasons, from bringing awareness to childhood obesity to promoting cleaner air and school safety. For this year’s event, over 2,000 schools have registered to participate in the United States.
For more information on how to participate, visit the event website here.