International Walk to School Day
About International Walk to School Day
Date When Celebrated: This holiday is observed on the first Wednesday in October
International Walk to School Day is the perfect opportunity to step up and follow the theme of the day. Skip the bus to school today. Instead, put your sneakers on and hike on over to your school. By the time you arrive, you will be a little healthier and wide awake, ready to focus on classes. Encourage your friends to join you in the walk, and you will arrive before you know it.
Walking has many, many advantages. The exercise is easy to do, and great for your health. Walking is easy on your muscles and joints. It’s the perfect “stay in shape” or “get in shape” exercise, enjoyed by almost everybody. Walking is invigorating and wakes you up naturally so you’re ready for the day ahead. Walking on the way home from school is a natural way to decompress from the stress and pressures of the day. It is environmentally friendly, too. If more people routinely walk to school (or work or the store), the air we breathe will be cleaner, and greenhouse gases will be reduced.
The goal of International Walk to School Day is to encourage students to get more exercise, by walking instead of riding the bus, or in a car. In addition, the organizers of this day seek to bring awareness of the need for safe, walkable routes to school and within the community.
Now that you’ve walked to and from school for one day, don’t stop there. Walk to and from school every day, when the weather allows. You’ll be glad you did!
Song of the Day: “These Boots are Made for Walking”, sung by Nancy Sinatra.
How to Celebrate International Walk to School Day
Grab your backpack. Forego the bus and walk to school, It’s as easy as that.
“Walk softly and carry a big stick.” – – President Theodore Roosevelt
History and Origin of International Artist Day
This holiday event was created in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. It appeared to be originally called “National Walk to School Day. This special day quickly gained worldwide popularity, and it was renamed International Walk to School Day. Today, over 40 countries participate.
There remains a few references to this being a “National” day. We did not find a congressional resolution or presidential proclamation making this day a national day.
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