MILTON, Ga. — To help promote community safety and better health, Crabapple Crossing Elementary School students participated in the International Walk to School Day Oct. 3.
Teachers and school officials met the students with cheers and excitement.
This was the second time the school participated in the program, started by the Partnership for a Walkable America in 1997.
The first time the school participated was four years ago, and about 250 students and their families took part in the event.
“At the time, the sidewalks surrounding the school were still under construction and there was no official walking program,” said Debbie Williamson, Safe Routes to School coordinator.
The following spring, students also participated in the Georgia Walk to School Day and again the turnout was high.
In 2009, the school partnered with the city of Milton and was awarded a “safe routes to school” grant by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Families are encouraged to walk in the Walk to School program, designed to give families in surrounding neighborhoods an opportunity to walk together once a month.
Each monthly walk is themed, and students who attend receive tokens for their participation.
Last month’s “Be Cool, Walk to School Day” had a record 390 student walkers with about 50 percent of the student body participating.
November’s walk to school theme will be a turkey trot.