100000 students expected to walk to school for safer routes

Thousands of Nashville students will take to the streets Wednesday for National Walk to School Day

This is all part of an International Walk to School Day to promote safer walking routes in school zones for students.

ODOT on Tuesday awarded $710,000 to the YMCA of Greater Toledo's Live Well program and to the city of Toledo.

Beth Deakins, the YMCA's director of healthy living, said the program initially started to encourage kids to be more active, but organizers realized there are barriers preventing many children from walking or riding their bicycles to school.

Pinevale Elementary School will participate in Walk to School Day October 4.

The Mayor's office says that walking and biking to school can ease congestion by having less traffic on the streets which can be a primary factor in leading to a safer commute.

This is the fifteenth time the school has participated. They will be led by the Groves High School Marching Band.

Within Anchorage, even if your school is not planning an official event, you can still learn about the safest walking practices and routes with the Municipality of Anchorage: Safe Routes to School Manual.

Students at Eastern Elementary will walk to class starting at 7:15 a.m., followed by students at Bethel School starting at 7:45 a.m.

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