SITKA - International Walk (or Bike) to School Day is Wednesday and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium's Health Promotion department and Steps to a Healthier Southeast Alaska program encourage parents to walk or bike to school with their children that day.
Walking or biking to school with their children is a good way for parents to catch up on what's happening in their children's lives. It's also a good way for parents see if there are things along the route that can be done to improve safety. Other benefits to walking or biking to school include less traffic, cleaner air, friendlier communities and better safety awareness.
For more information on International Walk to School Day, contact Grace Brooks at 966-8865 or Sitka Safe Routes To School Coordinator Chris Bryner at 747-5055. The Alaska Safe Routes To School program has an online action kit for International Walk (or Bike) To School Day - with sample materials so schools can create their own celebrations - at www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdplng/saferoutes/walk/index.shtml. The Alaska Safe Routes to School Coordinator is Steve Soenksen at 465-4069 or firstname.lastname@example.org.