October is Walk to School Month

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October is Walk to School Month
A mother and child walking to schoolThe Olympia School District has proclaimed October 2021 as Walk to School Month.

Superintendent Patrick Murphy read the proclamation during the September 23 school board meeting. It states in part that in October, children, families and community leaders from around the world will join together for Walk to School events “to increase awareness about the health and environmental benefits of walking and biking to school.”

The proclamation also states that families, school employees and community leaders “can make a lasting impression among our community’s youth by modeling fun, safe and healthy behavior by accompanying students on Walk to School events.”

International Walk to School Day is a global event celebrated every October with more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. This year Walk to School Day is on October 6, 2021.

When safe walking is available, students are encouraged to walk or ride bikes to school to improve their health, increase readiness to learn and learn about pedestrian safety.

We also want to remind motorists to slow down and observe the speed limit when driving in and around our schools. Thank you!