Liberty Public Schools grades K-8 will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day today, October 7, 2009.
Hundreds of students will be walking home from school this afternoon from each of the 12 elementary and middle schools along with parents, teachers, police officers and fire fighters as well as City employees and community leaders. Other special activities associated with the walk include cool giveaways (water bottles, wristbands) and healthy snacks.
In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include 5,000 schools from all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.
Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, easing traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.
The event is being organized by the Liberty Police Dept. and Liberty School District. The program is funded by a grant through the Missouri Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School program.