Juniata Valley to Celebrate Walk to School Day on October 3, 2012
Juniata Valley High School, Safe Kids Huntingdon County and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital, will join schools from around the country to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 3, 2012.
The event will begin at 7:45 a.m. with students in grades 6-12, parents and community leaders walking from Alexandria and Petersburg Fire Halls to the schools. Walkers are expected to arrive at the schools by
8:30 a.m. Drivers traveling on Rt 305 between Petersburg and Alexandria on Wednesday, October 3, may encounter possible traffic delays between 7:45 – 8:30 a.m.
Held on the first Wednesday of every October, this year marks the 15th annual Walk to School Day. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness for communities to be more walker-friendly. This is Juniata Valley's first year to participate in this internationally recognized celebration.
This Walk to School Day event raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The event builds connections between families, schools and the broader community.
The event is being organized by Juniata Valley High School Sustainability Club and Student Council, Safe Kids Huntingdon County, and J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital with support from Pennsylvania State Police and Alexandria and Petersburg Fire Companies.
For additional information, please contact the Juniata Valley High School Office at (814) 669-4401.
For additional information, please visit these websites:
Walk and Bike to School Day www.walkbiketoschool.org
National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org
About National Bike to School Day
The inaugural National Bike to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, will provide the first opportunity for communities across the country to join together to bicycle to school on the same day. The event builds on the excitement surrounding National Bike Month, led by the League of American Bicyclists each May, as well as the popularity of Walk to School Day, coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School every October.
National Bike to School Day is based on the Walk to School Day model. Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to build awareness for communities to be more walkable. The one-day event has now grown to a month-long celebration. In 2011, students and parents from more than 4,000 U.S. schools joined millions of Walk to School Day and Month participants worldwide. The reasons for walking have grown just as quickly as the event itself. For more information on bike and walk to school activities in the United States, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.
About the National Center for Safe Routes to School
Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Part of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, the National Center also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. For more information, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org.