Students Countywide to join ‘International Walk to School Day’

Ysabel Barnett Elementary School teacher Mrs. Manion opens the gates as parents walk with their students to their classroom on the first day back to school for the 2022-23 school year. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Elementary and middle school students throughout Riverside County will forgo riding to school tomorrow and take a stroll instead in recognition of "International Walk to School Day" -- part of an effort to promote youth exercise and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.Youths from more than 40 schools countywide are expected to take part in the annual event, during which parents, teachers and community-based volunteers form "walking school buses" to shepherd children to their campuses, according to organizers.The walks will generally begin at about 7 a.m."This is just one day, but we are hopeful the community will see the benefits of walking and biking to school and make it an everyday habit,'' Riverside County Department of Public Health Director Kim Sar
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