MacArthur Elementary School to celebrate International Walk to School Day on October 6, 2010

Walk to School

BINGHAMTON, NY – MacArthur Elementary School in Binghamton will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate Walk to School Day on October 6, 2010.  

Approximately 200 or morestudents will be walking or biking along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Representatives from local law enforcement, the Broome County Traffic Safety Board, the Broome County Health Department and the Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study will be there to greet the students. 
The event will begin at 7:15 a.m.with walkers and bikers arriving at the school around 7:30 a.m.All participants will receive a pedestrian safety goodie bag, a free breakfast and a chance to have their picture taken with the “Walking School Bus.” 
MacArthur Elementary School is no stranger to safety. Just this past spring the school participated in the “Put a Lid on a Kid” Campaign sponsored by the Broome County Traffic Safety Program. Through this campaign students learned the importance of bike safety and practiced key bike handling skills during a bike rodeo. Each student was fitted for a free bicycle helmet and had an opportunity to win a free bicycle. 
In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include 5,000 schools from all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.
Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.
For additional local information, please contact Melody Solyian-Anderson at 607.762.8180 or Christine Muss at 607.778.2807. 
For additional information, please visit these Web sites:
International Walk to School in the USA                       
National Center for Safe Routes to School
International Walk to School                

About International Walk to School Day
  • Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.
  • In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.
  • The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the USA.
  • Today, more than 5,000 schools in the USA participate in International Walk to School Day. Nearly 4 million people participate in approximately 40 countries as part of International Walk to School.
  • Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
  • Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the U.S. include America Walks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, 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.


10/04/2010 - 4:17pm