Waynesboro: Walk to school

Berkeley Glenn Elementary, Westwood Elementary, Wenonah Elementary, William Perry Elementary and Kate Collins Middle School in Waynesboro will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Week Oct. 4-8.

Approximately 1,800 students from Waynesboro Public Schools will be walking to school next week along with parents, teachers, and community leaders.

Many of the students attending Waynesboro schools may not live within walking distance to their schools. To accommodate these students, the planning committee has arranged to have the buses drop off students that are participating in this event at a designated location and then walk to school with parents, Waynesboro Public Schools’ staff and community leaders.

Students from Wenonah will walk from Wayne Lanes on North Charlotte Avenue; William Perry students from the Division of Motor Vehicles Office at King Avenue and Hopeman Parkway; Westwood Hills students, from Ridgeview Park and Kate Collins Middle School students from the Wayne Hills School, Fir Street. Berkeley Glenn Elementary students will be walking from their homes or other locations near the school.

The event will begin each day at 7:30 a.m. and walkers will arrive at each school no later than 8:15 a.m. Other special activities associated with the walk include prize giveaways and healthy breakfast snacks.

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.

The event is being organized by a Walk to School Committee comprised of teachers from each of the participating schools, with support from the Waynesboro City Planner’s Office. This city-wide event is part of a Safe Routes to School initiative and grant funding being pursued by Waynesboro Public Schools and the City of Waynesboro.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at freepress2@ntelos.net.

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