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Mesa schools to take part in International Walk and Bike to School Day

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Last year's International Walk and Bike to School Day. (City of Mesa)

Ten Mesa elementary schools, in conjunction with the Mesa Police Department, Mesa Transportation Department, school PTO groups and corporate sponsor Federal Express, will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day.

Approximately 5,000 students from Sousa, Crismon, Pomeroy, Superstition Springs, Hermosa Vista, Lowell, Zaharis, Longfellow, Jefferson and Lincoln Elementary will be invited to walk and bike to school as a large group. Each school has selected a day in October to celebrate depending on their school schedule. Schools will deliver pedestrian education for both students and parents, through assemblies, newsletters, physical education classes, and announcements prior to their event day.

Councilmember David Luna will attend Lowell Elementary’s celebration on Oct. 7, where more than 500 students are anticipated to participate. Students will meet at four designated locations at 7:10 a.m. and walk together to school with banners and posters celebrating the occasion.

“Walk to School Day provides a wonderful opportunity for Mesa’s children to get face to face time with the city’s police and safety educators to ensure they feel confident walking to school; I am happy to be part of Lowell Elementary’s festivities,” Luna said.

“Bringing pedestrian safety to an individual school empowers the students to truly take ownership of their safe route to school and feel confident in their travel to and from their home. The program continues to expand into new Mesa schools each year,” Mesa Transportation Safety Educator Ashley Barinka said.

The idea is to walk to school together with a purpose — to promote health, safety, physical activity, aid in the reduction of traffic congestion during the drop off and pick up at a school and concern for the environment. Pedestrian and bicycle safety messages are also provided to children.

Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 36 countries around the world. In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include 3,000 schools from all 50 states.

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