Will yours be one of the hundreds of students walking and biking to school from more than 30 other schools countywide next Wednesday?
International Walk to School Day is coming up on Oct. 3, and local schools are working to find safe routes for your children to utilize. In Bethesda, Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner will participate in the event at Wood Acres Elementary,
“Walk to School Day is a celebration of all that is great about our Wood Acres community – a chance for parents and students to get some physical exercise while visiting with neighbors and reducing the impact on our environment,” says Principal Marita Sherburne.
Starting at 8:15 a.m., volunteers will encourage participating students and families by holding signs at the intersections with Ridgefield, Wiltshire, Springfield and Massachusetts Avenue. Berliner will join in at 8:20 a.m. at the intersection of Cromwell and Springfield Drives, and speak from 8:30 – 8:45 a.m. in the front of Wood Acres.
Participants will receive a bagel, compliments of Bethesda Bagel.
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.