Thousands of students expected to walk to school

Published: Oct. 4, 2017 at 5:59 AM CDT
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On Wednesday, thousands of kids are saying no thanks to riding the school bus. Instead, they'll walk to class for Walk to School Day.

This is the 20th anniversary of International Walk to School Day. The Center for Childhood Safety organizes this event and its main goal is to work with kids and parents about pedestrian safety. It also emphasizes the importance of physical activity.

12 schools in Brown County are working with the Center for Childhood Safety on this effort.

Mayor Jim Schmitt will walk with students from Jackson Elementary School.

Those schools participating in Brown County got curriculum before Wednesday, that students have been studying to teach them about how to be safe when walking to school. Some skills they will practice on Wednesday include looking before crossing the street and using designated crosswalks.

The center says sometimes parents may be nervous about letting their kids walk to school, but being prepared can help.

"I think there's a lot of unknowns. Parents just don't know how to prepare their kids. That's one of the things we work with these students. When we're prepping them for days like this. We want to make sure parents are involved as well. Kids under ten years old, we really don't want them walking without a parent," said Willow Stewart, Center for Childhood Safety.

The center also wants to reminder drivers to slow down and be alert for kids in residential areas and school zones.