On Wednesday, October 8th, children throughout Brevard County will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day.
Students from nearly 40 Brevard County Schools will be walking and rolling to school along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Since it’s beginning with one school in 1997, Walk to School Day has grown to over 40 countries and a record setting 4,392 events in the United States last year. “Getting to and from school are two of the most important journeys children make every day,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.
Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling. Events emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.
Participating Brevard Schools
Roy Allen Elementary , Melbourne
Apollo Elementary, Titusville
Atlantis Elementary, Titusville
Audubon Elementary, Merritt Island
Cambridge Elementary, Cocoa
Cape View Elementary, Cape Canaveral
Challenger 7 Elementary, Port St John
Columbia Elementary, Palm Bay
Croton Elementary, Melbourne
Endeavor Elementary, Cocoa
Enterprise Elementary, Port St John
Fairglen Elementary, Cocoa
Golfview Elementary, Rockledge
Harbor City Elementary, Melbourne (will participate on October 24th)
Imperial Estates Elementary, Titusville
Jupiter Elementary, Palm Bay
Lewis Carroll Elementary, Merritt Island
Longleaf Elementary, Melbourne
Manatee Elementary, Viera
Oak Park Elementary, Titusville
Ocean Breeze Elementary, Indian Harbor Beach
Palm Bay Elementary, Palm Bay
Pinewood Elementary, Mims
Port Malabar Elementary, Palm Bay
Quest Elementary, Viera
Riviera Elementary, Palm Bay
Roosevelt Elementary, Cocoa Beach
Saturn Elementary, Cocoa
Sea Park Elementary, Satellite Beach
Sherwood Park Elementary, Melbourne
Stevenson Elementary, Merritt Island
Stone Middle, Melbourne
Suntree Elementary, Melbourne
Surfside Elementary , Satellite Beach
Tropical Elementary, Merritt Island
West Melbourne School of Science, West Melbourne
Westside Elementary, Palm Bay
Williams Elementary, Rockledge
Viera Charter Schoo, Viera
For additional information, please visit these websites:
Walk to School Day in the USA (www.walkbiketoschool.org)
National Center for Safe Routes to School (www.saferoutesinfo.org)
International Walk to School Day (www.iwalktoschool.org)
About International Walk to School Day
- Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk to school programs in place. In 2000, these three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.
- In May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School was established to assist communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.
- The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the national coordinating agency for Walk to School activities in the United States.
- Walk to School Day began as a simple idea – children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment.
- Organizations supporting International Walk to School Day in the United States include America Walks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.