To support a healthy lifestyle for children and encourage green transportation practices, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Board of Education are urging schools across the state to participate in International Walk to School Day on October 5. The event, which started as a community demonstration in Chicago and grew into a worldwide effort, will be celebrating its 15th year.
More than 140 schools across Illinois have registered as of this week. The 2011 International Walk to School Day slogan, “Hike it. Bike it. I like it!”, was the winning submission in an online contest by one of those schools.
Schools with questions about the International Walk to School Day can contact Erik Hall in the Illinois Department of Transportations Sustainable Practices office at (815) 434-8520.