"We are going to just walk around the block. We left Nailor at 9 a.m. and walked in front of Crustations, and then we walked back to the school," said Nailor Elementary School teacher Jana Jenkins.
National Walk To School Day was organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America; it began in the U.S. in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.
In 2000, the event became international when the UK, Canada and the U.S. joined together for the first International Walk to School Day.
Growing interest in participation all over the world led the International Walk to School Committee to shift its promotion to International Walk to School Month for the entire month of October.
Today, thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate walking to school every October. ??
The success of Walk to School Day, as well as continued interest in bicycling to school, created a desire for a national event focused on bicycling to school.
This goal became reality in 2012, when the first National Bike to School Day took place on May 9, in coordination with the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Month.
"We are so excited. The significance of the walk is to promote safety for our students who walk and ride bikes to school. I also feel that it is important because we have such young students at Nailor, and drivers need to be aware that the students are coming to school to learn and if they are not paying attention, the students can get hurt," said Jenkins
"I also believe that this is a great way for families to see that walking can be fun and it also helps to engage students in physical activity, because a lot of people don't get out and walk anymore. It was something fun for the family to do together and it will not cost anything," she added.
Although some area schools did not participate in National Walk to School day on Wednesday, B.L. Bell plans to take part in the event on Friday.