International Walk to School Day was highlighted in Germantown with visits from County dignitaries at Ronald McNair Elementary School.
The annual event which encourages parents and children to walk to school was held Wednesday, Oct. 4 throughout the County and the nation. This year Montgomery County officials, including County Executive Isiah Leggett and Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jack R. Smith, greeted students as they entered the Germantown Elementary School.
Other officials welcoming students at McNair Elementary School were Fire Chief Scott Goldstein and the head of Montgomery County Police’s Traffic Division Capt. Tom Didone, as well as local 5th District police officers and members of MCFRS Station 22.
Hundreds of parents and students walked to school on a bright sunny early Fall morning. The kids were greeted by Sparky the Firedog and Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Crosswalk Zebra.
Over 5,100 schools in all 50 states and Washington D.C., registered for Walk to School Day events on walkbiketoschool.org, and the total number of events is expected to grow as celebrations continue throughout October, which is Walk to School Month.
The annual event highlights the benefits of walking and the priority for safety, offering communities and elected officials a chance to highlight the importance of safe options for walking or biking for the trip to school and beyond.
“Walk to School Day is a chance for community leaders, families and school officials to come together and show support for safe walking and bicycling in their communities. Some communities are using their events to start dialogues about improving safety for all ages of pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, the coordinating agency for Walk to School Day. “We’re so inspired by the continuous growth of this event and the support from communities and local leaders.”
Walk to School Day began in 1997 and that year, two mayors, Chicago Mayor Daley and Los Angeles Mayor Riordan, led the first events. Two decades later, over 60,000 events have been held across the country, and mayors continue to be an important part of the celebration.
Top: Hundreds of students and their parents walked to school today at Ronald McNair Elementary School in Germantown and throughout the County for International Walk to School Day.
Next: Sparky the Firedog from MCFRS greet students as they walked to school at Ronald McNair.
Next: Students walking along Hopkins Road to McNair Elementary School as part of International Walk to School Day in Germantown.
Next: McNair Elementary School Principal Sherry Moses poses with County Executive Ike Leggett, the MCDOT Crosswalk Zebra, and MCPS Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith before school on Wednesday morning.
Next: Sparky the Firedog and the MCDOT Crosswalk Zebra
Photos by Germantown Pulse.