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Oswego City Schools Celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 12

Oswego City Schools Celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 12

September 30, 2022

Oswego Kingsford Park Elementary, Charles E. Riley Elementary and Trinity Catholic will join schools around the world in celebrating International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 12.

This event is organized in conjunction with the Oswego County Highway Safety Council and other organizations that will be participating. Oswego Police and Fire Departments, New York State Police, SUNY Oswego Police, Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, Oswego County Ambulance Service and the Oswego County Health Department will join the students as they walk to school.

“We expect over 100 students to take part in this year’s event with another 20 to 30 volunteers to help students walk to school,” said Aine Foley, coordinator of the traffic safety council of the Oswego County. “We are grateful to be able to work with so many community organizations, school leaders, teachers and parents to help organize this event for the sixth year in a row.”

The event will begin between 8 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. with children, parents and community leaders marching. Please contact your child’s school for exact details.

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and cycling. It also helps to highlight the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity in children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. Events connect families, schools and the wider community.

The event is hosted by the Oswego County Highway Safety Board, Oswego City Police Department and Oswego City Schools. This event is sponsored by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.

For more local information, contact Aine Foley at 315-343-2344 ext. 122.

About International Walk to School Day:

  • Walk to School Day was created in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Britain already had walk-to-school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries came together to create International Walk to School Day.
  • In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to help communities enable and encourage children to walk and cycle to school safely.
  • 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 started with a simple idea – children and parents, school and local authorities walking to school together on an appointed day. It is an energizing event that reminds everyone of the simple pleasure of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity and the need for safe places to walk and cycle. . Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
  • Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the US include America Walks, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration, 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.

For more information, visit these websites:

Walk to School Day in the United States www.walkbiketoschool.org

National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org

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