Youth of all ages are encouraged to join the fun of walking to school in Baker, Wednesday, Oct. 7, on International Walk to School Day. This event is being organized by the Baker PTA.
By Lori Kesinger
Lincoln students can meet at the Baker Lake Gazebo. Longfellow students can meet at the Baker Post Office. Walking to school from both locations will start at 8 a.m. Although Walk to School Day is focused on walking, students may ride their bikes. Teens are greatly encouraged to be a part of the walk with the younger students to their schools then continue walking to the high school. Parents may also join the walk.
Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. In 2000, the event became international when the UK, Canada and US joined together for the first international Walk to School Day. Currently, thousands of schools across America and more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate walking to school every October.
Not only is walking to school but, but it enables youth to include regular physical activity into their routine, reduces traffic and the amount of air pollutants from vehicles, brings awareness to walking safely, lessens fuel costs and creates a stronger sense of community.
The PTA has registered this local event to be counted as a community involved in the International Walk to School Day.
For more information or any questions about the Walk to School Day, contact PTA president Liz Sonsalla at 406-891-0116. You can also visit: walkbiketoschool.org to learn more about this annual international event.