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Today is Walk to School Day!

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Thousands of schools across the country are celebrating Walk to School Day today by holding events that encourage kids to walk and bike to school.

These events help show walking and biking as safe, fun ways to get to school — all while promoting the health benefits of biking and walking. 

Why is there a Walk to School Day?

With the decline of walking and biking to school over the last few decades, there has been a movement to draw more attention to the benefits of walking and biking to school and the need for improvement.

With kids facing barriers like incomplete sidewalks, poorly marked intersections and personal safety issues, showcasing the need for improvement of walking and biking conditions — and talking about the benefits — is more important than ever. 

It is our pleasure to get behind this important day that teaches healthy choices and stresses student safety, said Illinois State Superintendent of Education, Tony Smith. We can't take these elements for granted and expect our children to be ready and eager to learn once they arrive in the classroom.

What are you doing in your community to promote walking and biking and make it better? Join the Safe Routes for Healthy Kids campaign by taking action on Walk to School Day.