VIDEO: Brevard Schools To Participate In International Walk To School Day
By Space Coast Daily // October 6, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: United States Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx endorsed Walk to School Day and encouraged everyone to participate.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – On Wednesday, Oct. 7, a record number of Brevard Schools will participate in International Walk to School Day.
This year, students from 44 Brevard Schools will be walking to school with family members, teachers, and community leaders. The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (Space Coast TPO) has encouraged participation in the annual event for 16 years.
The TPO and the world has watched the event grow from one school in 1997 to over 40 countries and 4,000 U.S. schools participating in the 2015 International Walk to School Day.
Born out of the simple joy of walking to school, the event serves to promote physical education, an opportunity to teach safe walking and bicycling skills and helps determine the walkability of a community.
In addition, walking to school is better for the environment and helps reduce traffic congestion around schools.
Each Brevard school recognizes this event differently. Some schools advertise the event through newsletters and morning announcements while others plan more organized events including special quest walkers, themed events and special healthy breakfast when the students arrive at school.
To find out about a particular school’s plans, contact that school directly or check out the Who’s Walking page of the Walk to School Day webpage by CLICKING HERE
Here are some notable events taking place this year in Brevard County:
Eau Gallie High School: The Eau Gallie High School football team, volleyball team, ROTC, Marching Band and Student Government will join fellow students as they walk to the school from McGrath Field.
Apollo Elementary: Members of the Titusville Fire Department will be present to celebrate the event with students.
Golfview Elementary: Cheerleaders, the Band and the Police Department will join these students on their walk to school.
Roosevelt Elementary: Cocoa Beach Mayor Dave Netterstrom, Commissioners Tim Tumulty, Mike Miller and Ben Malek will have to walk pretty fast to keep up with the special guest at this school. NASCAR Xfinity Series Driver Scott Lagassee Jr. will be joining the students for their walk to school. Once at school, the students will have a chance to check out one of Scott’s racecars that will be on display. Scott Lagassee comes to us through the Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Program, a focused initiative by the Florida Department of Transportation to increase safety and awareness for bicyclists and pedestrians.