GARDNER — Gardner Grade School in Gardner will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5, 2011.
Approximately 220 students from Gardner Grade School — along with parents, teachers, and community leaders — will walk to school Wednesday, Oct. 5. The event will begin at 8 a.m., with participants walking from the city park, located behind the Ford dealership. Walkers will arrive at the school at 8:20 a.m.
Other special activities associated with the walk include a light breakfast snack for all participants and an educational assembly for the students following the walk.
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, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.
The event is being organized by the Grundy County Soil and Water Conservation District, Grundy County Farm Bureau, and the Grundy County Environmental Resource and Conservation Office.
For additional local information, please contact Natalie Mahler or Brooke Baker at (815) 942-0359, ext. 3.
For additional information, please visit the websites of International Walk to School in the USA, www.walktoschool.org; National Center for Safe Routes to School, www.saferoutesinfo.org; and International Walk to School, www.iwalktoschool.org.