Students in Fairfax County public schools will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5, in an effort to promote physical activity and reduce traffic congestion and pollution near schools.
All students are encouraged to walk or bike to school or walk to their bus stops on October 5. Parents are encouraged to accompany their kids to school and work with their schools and PTAs or PTOs to assemble walking groups for the event.
Schools Superintendent Jack D. Dale and Fairfax County Executive Tony Griffin are joining forces to encourage county residents to participate in International Walk to School Day. â€œWalking is a simple way to incorporate exercise into your day,â€ said Dale. â€œWe encourage all students and families to participate in this day and to use walking or biking as a means of getting to school whenever possible.â€
Wolftrap Elementary School is one of several Fairfax County public schools to establish a Safe Routes to School program and participate in bike and walk to school challenges. Wolftrap began its program with general bike and walking education for all students, moved its Kiss and Ride drop off and pick up spots in order to separate automobile traffic from pedestrian traffic, and established a bike train, where students bike to school together when weather permits.
Additional information about FCPS and International Walk to School Day can be found here.