October is Walk to School Month

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October is Walk to School Month
McKenny ES students biking

The Olympia School District has proclaimed October 2022 as Walk to School Month.


Superintendent Patrick Murphy read the proclamation during the September 22 Olympia School Board meeting. Copies of the proclamation are posted in all district schools and support buildings.


The proclamation 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.”


The city of Olympia has also proclaimed October as Walk to School Month. Superintendent Murphy shared about the school district’s proclamation during the September 27 City Council meeting and thanked both the city and InterCity Transit Walk N Roll program for partnering on walk to school efforts. InterCity Transit sponsors Walk N Roll to School events at several OSD
elementary schools.


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 the first Wednesday in October, which falls this year on October 5.


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!