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International Walk To School Day
(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Hundreds of thousands of students throughout the country are lacing up their sneakers to walk to school Wednesday.
International Walk to School Day is a tradition that promotes an active lifestyle.
In 2012, every state had at least one registered Walk to School Day event, with more than 4200 schools across the country participating.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School says the top three reasons to participate in this annual event are to prevent obesity, to increase school spirit and to build a sense of neighborhood, by making it easier and safer for kids to walk to school every day.
That can be done by adding crosswalks and crossing and educating kids on safe habits.
One of the things were really stressing with the students this year is not being distracted while theyre walking, says Deb Carpenter of Safe Kids Kalamazoo County. Were seeing more and more injuries and deaths with people texting and having their headphones on and really not paying attention to whats happening around them as theyre crossing the street.
Volunteers from Safe Kids Kalamazoo County and Fed-Ex will be showing hundreds of kids from Angling Elementary in Portage how to be safe walkers as they go to and from school on Wednesday.
Of course, anyone can participate in International Walk to School Day.
For more information, click here: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/.