International Walk to School Day is on Wednesday, October 8th. If you read this ‘blog regularly, I probably don’t need to tell you why walking is good, but I will anyway. It keeps cars off the road, thereby reducing congestion, emissions, and fuel consumption, and is a good way to build physical exercise into daily routines. If you have a fat gene, you need that exercise, and your child might too.
So contact your local school administrator to see if they have any events planned. The likely answer is, “no,” but it appears that some schools in Columbus, Grandview Heights, Marysville, and Granville are participating.
If you or your child attends one of the many schools that are not registered for Walk to School Day, you can sign up at www.walktoschool.org. The site has ideas for events and a huge array of resources, including templates for flyers, signs, stickers, and press releases. Registrants are also eligible for prizes to use at their Walk to School event.
So get out there and start building support. Stakeholders could include your neighbors, teachers, principals, police officers, city council members, planners, and engineers. Everyone has a role to play, but they need a driving force, a champion for the cause. That’s usually a parent who cares. Good luck. Comment if you have any questions, or if you’re offended by my fat gene comment.