Moscow Celebrates International Walk to School Day with Safe Routes to School

Eight schools in Moscow plan to join over 40 countries around the world to participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday October 4th, 2017. Participating schools include: A. B. McDonald Elementary, J. Russell Elementary, Lena Whitmore Elementary, Moscow Charter School, Moscow Middle School, Palouse Prairie School of Expeditionary Learning, St. Mary's Catholic School, and West Park Elementary. Approximately 1,500 students from Moscow Schools will participate along with over 250 parents, teachers and community leaders and over 40 University of Idaho students and athletes.

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day to raise awareness of the benefits of walking and biking and need for Safe Routes to School. It began in 1997 as a one-day event, and has become the signature fall event for the year-round Safe Routes to School movement. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam – participate in International Walk to School Day in a variety of ways every October.

Students are invited to walk with parents or in groups. Students who live too far or are unable to walk all the way to school are encouraged to be dropped off a few blocks away from their school so they can walk the rest of the way. University of Idaho students will be at each school to host a Walk at School event, where students dropped off by car or bus are invited to participate by walking around the school grounds before class begins.

A.B. McDonald, Lena Whitmore, Palouse Prairie, and St. Mary's will hold Walking School Buses coordinated and led by parent volunteers.  Park-and-Walk locations are assigned near each school for children who want to walk but may live too far away.  To see a map of recommended walking routes to your school, and Park-and-Walk locations, visit www.SR2Smoscow.com/maps   and click on your school for printable and interactive maps.  

We ask all Moscow residents to drive with caution in all school zones to help accommodate the high volume of children walking to school on this day. 

The Moscow Safe Routes to School program is based in the Movement Sciences Department, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Idaho. For additional information, please contact Erin Bacon at 509.432.4787 or via email at ebacon@uidaho.edu.

For additional information, please visit these websites:

Moscow Safe Routes to School                                  www.SR2Smoscow.com 

Walk to School Day in the USA                                   www.walkbiketoschool.org                       

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

Date: 09/20/2017
Story Contact: Erin Bacon, Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Phone: 509.432.4787
Email: ebacon@uidaho.edu