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Happy kids walking at an elementary school

International Walk to School Day enjoys a local celebration

Trailwood Elementary students will join more than 250,000 children across the United States on Oct. 10 to participate in the annual International Walk to School Day event. Walk to School Day raises awareness about pedestrian safety, encourages adults to create safe environments, and boosts the amount of physical activity children incorporate into their day. 

Wednesday’s celebration at Trailwood Elementary, 5101 W. 95th St., Overland Park, Kan., is timely because the cities where Trailwood families live—Overland Park and Prairie Village—recently partnered to create a safer pedestrian environment. The cities restriped the crosswalk at 95th Street and Roe Avenue, installed a school zone to slow traffic and hired a crossing guard at this busy intersection. More than 100 school children must navigate the intersection to walk or bike to school.

Parent advocates joined school staff, district personnel and staff from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment’s LiveWell and SafeKids initiatives to ask for these improvements. 

In October of every year, millions of children from countries around the world participate in Safe Kids Walk This Way events for International Walk to School Day. The events raise community and global awareness about walking safety and promote healthy behavior.

Since 1999, Safe Kids Walk This Way and FedEx have teamed up to celebrate International Walk to School Day. More than 8.2 million students around the world have joined with nearly 16,000 FedEx volunteers in 10,000 schools for International Walk to School Day – Walk This Way’s largest and most widespread activity.