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South Carolina Safe Routes to School has record participation for 2013 International Walk to School Day

Students, parents and community members in every state demonstrate the role walking and bicycling to school can play in improving health, safety and community life.

Wednesday, Oct. 9th - Today is International Walk to School Day and thousands of students, parents and community members representing more than 3,700 schools across the United States will walk and bicycle to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day. This one-day event is part of an international effort to encourage more families to enjoy the many benefits of safely walking and bicycling to school. Walk to School events will be held nationwide not only today, but throughout the month of October as well. Around the world, at least 40 countries celebrate International Walk to School Day and Month.

The Federal Safe Routes to School Program, established in 2005, strives to create safe settings to enable more parents and children to walk, roll and bicycle to school. More than 14,500 schools participate in programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Accomplishments include increases in walking and bicycling to school, speed reductions within the school zone, and reductions in school transportation costs. Programs reach urban, rural and suburban areas throughout the nation.

Rodney Oldham, South Carolina's Safe Routes to School Coordinator with SCDOT is proud to report that South Carolina ranks in the top three in the United States with most events registered and among the top 10 for the largest increase over last year. The state had 277 registered events - a 33% increase from the number of registered events in 2012!!!! "Thank you all for another successful International Walk to School Day! This has truly been yet another successful International Walk to School Day for South Carolina and this historic accomplishment could not of happened without SCDOT's support of the SRTS program and its Resource Center", Rodney Oldham.

For more information about Walk to School Day, visit www.walkbiketoschool.org.

Feel free to contact www.scsaferoutes.org to learn more about Safe Routes to School.

Record-Breaking Year for International Walk to School Day in 2012 for South Carolina

  • South Carolina's International Walk to School Day hit an all-time record for the number of registered events in the state. With 210 events registered, South Carolina ranked in the top 5 states in the nation with the highest number of schools participating. This exceeds the state's prior record - 177 activities recorded in 2008 - by 33 events! We had 74 more events than we did last year. That's a 54% increase! We even moved up one spot to place 5th in the nation. Last year South Carolina placed 6th.The Resource Center congratulates all of those schools that organized events and registered them to be counted.
  • For many schools, participation in International Walk to School Day is an annual tradition that students look forward to each year. Schools have figured out how to get students excited about waking up a bit earlier and walking to school. This year, event organizers even brought in celebrities, like the Carolina Panthers' mascot, Sir Purr, to talk to kids about why walking is fun, healthy, and good for the environment.
  • October is Walk to School Month all month! Schools have also gotten creative with their events, to increase student participation and get more kids active. By organizing park-and-walk sites, or walk at school events, even students who live too far from school to walk each day, can participate during IWALK.
  • For more information on getting an event started, visit the Encouragement Page on the SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center website http://www.scsaferoutes.org/ and Walk and Bike to School Day site for resources and information, or call the South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center, at 1-855-472-7787 to work with a school outreach coordinator in your area.

Blythe Academy SRTS

Record-Breaking Year for International Walk to School Day in 2012 for South Carolina

  • South Carolina's International Walk to School Day hit an all-time record for the number of registered events in the state. With 210 events registered, South Carolina ranked in the top 5 states in the nation with the highest number of schools participating. This exceeds the state's prior record - 177 activities recorded in 2008 - by 33 events! We had 74 more events than we did last year. That's a 54% increase! We even moved up one spot to place 5th in the nation. Last year South Carolina placed 6th.The Resource Center congratulates all of those schools that organized events and registered them to be counted.
  • For many schools, participation in International Walk to School Day is an annual tradition that students look forward to each year. Schools have figured out how to get students excited about waking up a bit earlier and walking to school. This year, event organizers even brought in celebrities, like the Carolina Panthers' mascot, Sir Purr, to talk to kids about why walking is fun, healthy, and good for the environment.
  • Schools have also gotten creative with their events, to increase student participation and get more kids active. By organizing park-and-walk sites, or walk at school events, even students who live too far from school to walk each day, can participate during IWALK.
  • October is Walk to School Month all month! For more information on getting an event started, visit http://www.scsaferoutes.org/ for resources and information, or call the South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center, at 1-855-472-7787 to work with a school outreach coordinator in your area.

South Carolina Walk to School Day 2011

  • One Hundred and Thirty Four Schools in South Carolina registered and held Walk to School Day events.
  • More than 50,000 students, parents, educators, and neighbors in SC participated in International Walk to School Day events on October 5, 2011.
  • South Carolina ranked 6th in the US in participation in International Walk to School Day (#2 in the Southeast region behind Florida).
  • The Mayor of Fountain Inn issued a proclamation for Walk to School Day.
  • The Mayor of North Charleston participated in Walk to School Day at Chicora School of Communications.
  • Mellichamp Elementary School held a Walk to School Assembly that featured a WTSD song, WTSD rap, steppers, dancers and a WTSD poster and essay contest for each grade. The walk was capped off by having Orangeburg-Wilkerson High School marching band Drumline play for them throughout the entire school walk.

Related Links:

SC Moving Safe Routes to School Projects Forward
Safe Routes to School in Action (Pine Street Elementary, Spartanburg County)
NBC Nightly News Story - Walking School Bus