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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – October 7 is International Walk to School Day, and six Fort Worth elementary schools are observing the day with Walking School Buses. That may leave you questioning, what are Walking School Buses? A Walking School Bus is when two or more children walk to school along a predetermined route, under adult supervision.
The walk to school initiative is being organized, in part, by the Blue Zones Project of Fort Worth. The project website says it is championing a “movement that’s making healthy choices easier in Fort Worth.”
Blue Zones vice president, Suzanne Duda, said local dignitaries are turning out to help walk kids to school. “Mayor Price is going to be at C.C. Moss Elementary School and there will be other councilmembers at other school locations as well.”
Duda said there are studies show that when children start their day with physical activity like walking to school, they arrive at school more ready to learn. “Children show up at school and behave better, and learn better, when they’ve had some physical activity – like walking to school.”
Incoming Fort Worth Independent School District superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner was among those walking with kids to school. “What’s wonderful is the opportunity brings adults and students together to build community…exercise and movement.”
The goal of International Walk to School Day is to raise awareness of the importance of safe routes for walking and bicycling. The effort is aimed at increasing physical activity among children, reducing traffic and benefiting the environment.
The U.S. Department of Education estimates that almost half of elementary and middle school students walked or biked to school in 1969. Today, that number is less than 15-percent.
In addition to Christene C. Moss Elementary, Fort Worth students at De Zavala, W.J. Turner, East Handley, M.H. Moore, Diamond Hill, and Oakhurst Elementary schools participated in Walk to School Day events.
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