Teachers, parents, students and community leaders around the world are gearing up for the 13th annual "International walk to school day" set to take place the morning of Wednesday October 9.
Just like many other schools across the country, Eagle Ridge Elementary in Coral Springs is preparing for the event. 36-year-old Lindsey Cratty, mother of a first grader at the school, says she loves when her husband and son walk to school together. "It's a great time for them to bond and be outdoors. My husband really values that time between them."
Some kids, particularly older ones, opt to ride their bikes or scooters to school instead, with the end result being the same.
Originating in Great Britain with only a few schools participating back in 1994, "walk to school day" rapidly spread into a global phenomenon, reaching international status in the year 2000. Up to date, more than 42 countries participate in the annual event, with millions of people participating each year.
There are several goals of "International walk to school day." The main one is to encourage physical activity by teaching kids how to walk safely, where to walk safely and the benefits of walking. Another goal is to help the environment by reducing traffic and pollution. Last but certainly not least, having parents and children spend valuable time together.
So all you parents out there, put your walking shoes on and walk your kids to school!