Off to School on Foot

West Babylon students and parents put on their sneakers and took to the local sidewalks in celebration of International Walk to School Day on Oct. 8.

As the students approached the front doors of their schools, they were greeted by their principals and congratulated for making the healthy choice to walk instead of being driven. When asked about their walk to school, many students expressed pleasure in sharing their commute with friends, parents and relatives. Many of the parents referenced the environmental benefits of having fewer cars on the road and the health benefits of walking as opposed to driving. Overall, the  majority of students declared that the event was fun and an excellent way to start the day.

Partnership for a Walkable America established Walk to School Day 16 years ago as a one-time event aimed at creating awareness about the need for more walkable communities. Today, the event involves more than 40 countries and has become part of a movement for safe routes to school and healthier lifestyles.