District particpates in National Walk to School Day | Schools
IRMO, SC (WIS) - Students and parents in Lexington-Richland District Five participated in National Walk to School Day Wednesday.
Firefighters, sheriff's deputies, school officials, mascots and community leaders welcomed the kids and their parents as they walked to school Wednesday morning. Among the walkers was WIS' own Rick Henry, and his grandson, Dean.
The event is aimed at promoting health, safety and physical activity.
South Carolina officials say the state ranked #1 in the Southeast in participation in the event. There were 277 registered events in the state, a 31% increase in participation from 201 events in 2012.
More than 14,500 schools participate in programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Accomplishments include increases in walking and bicycling to school, speed reductions within the school zone, and reductions in school transportation costs. Programs reach urban, rural and suburban areas throughout the nation.
Walk to School events will be held nationwide not only today, but throughout the month of October as well. Around the world, at least 40 countries celebrate International Walk to School Day and Month.
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