BRUNSWICK, OH, October 2, 2019–
Saint Ambrose School in Brunswick, Ohio joined schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019.
Hundreds of students from Saint Ambrose School walked along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Special thanks to the Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Police Departments and MARC’S for partnering with us for this event to promote health and wellness!
The event began at 6:45am with students, parents and community leaders walking from Rolling Hills Plaza. Walkers celebrated with glow sticks, necklaces and balloons to help light the way! Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Police Departments provided escort along the walk to students and families. Other special activities associated with the walk included local DJ Kris Koch energizing students along the way and MARC’S sponsored healthy snacks of bananas and small water bottles for our walkers and families! Students who arrived by traditional drop off via bus and car were also invited to join the walk around campus upon morning arrival.
Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need 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 and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community. Saint Ambrose School looks forward to next year and invites other schools locally to join them. This year, more than 95 Ohio schools registered their school for the event through a national database. See which schools have registered at www.walkbiketoschool.org.
The event was organized by the Saint Ambrose School Health and Wellness Committee in partnership with the Brunswick and Brunswick Hills Police Departments and Sponsored by MARC’S.
For additional information, please visit these websites:
Walk to School Day in the USA www.walkbiketoschool.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org
About International Walk to School Day
- Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.
- In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.
- The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School and Bike to School activities in the United States.
- Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
- Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the United States include America Walks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.