Safety kits, live radio and training available for Walk to School Day

Shasta County – The Safe Routes to School program is offering safety kits and technical assistance to Shasta County schools for coordinating Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016. Kits include educational materials, vests, cones and promotional materials. One lucky school will win a live radio remote on their campus to celebrate Walk to School Day. Interested PTA/parent groups or schools are invited to submit applications by 5 pm on Thursday, September 1.

To be eligible, schools are encouraged to have volunteers from Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), a parent club or site council willing to coordinate the event, and lead weekly walks to school throughout October.

Last year, 14 local schools participated in International Walk to School Day. The goal of the Safe Routes to School Program is to make walking and biking to school safer, easier, more convenient and increase the numbers of children walking or biking to school safely.

“Walking and biking to school is a great way for children to get exercise before starting their school day, making them more prepared to concentrate and learn when they arrive at school,” said Sara Sundquist, Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator. “When more students walk, the number of vehicles around the school area is reduced, making it safer for more children to walk or bike.”

For more information or for an application, call at 245-6457 or visit www.healthyshasta.org.

Healthy Shasta is a partnership committed to making healthy eating and physical activity choices easier where you live, work and play. Visit http://www.healthyshasta.org for more information.

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