On October 7 this year, 4,695 schools across the nation participated in Walk to School Day. Encouraged by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Florida students once again stepped up and turned out. This year, 428 schools were holding walking events and pedestrian education campaigns across Florida. Families came out to promote health, safety and the environment by walking. It was a great opportunity to help children learn and practice safe walking skills. For students that didn’t live close enough to walk, parents were encouraged to drive part of the distance, park, and then walk the rest of the way.
Schools were creative with the way that they encouraged participation. Help was enlisted from high school football & volleyball teams, cheerleaders, JROTC, school marching bands, student governments, and fire & police departments. Along with these, many mayors, commissioners, and of course principals and school staff also participated. For some lucky schools, Vince and Larry, the Crash Dummies, walked along with the kids. The Chick-Fil-A mascot greeted students at one school as well. What an AWESOME day!