Walk, Bike, Run, or Skip to School on Oct. 6

International Walk to School Day will be celebrated with hundreds of Fairfax and San Anselmo kids tomorrow morning.

By Sarah Shideler, San Anselmo Fairfax Patch
October 5, 2010

Tomorrow, Oct. 6 hundreds of San Anselmo and Fairfax kids (and parents) -- along with 368 schools in California, 2880 across the nation, and 40 countries around the world -- will walk (and bike and skip) to school for International Walk to School Day.

Working with Safe Routes to School, kids, parents and community volunteers will gather at locations near each school, such as Creek Park for Wade Thomas, and be escorted by the fire department trucks and police all the way to school.

Be sure to keep an eye out for all the walkers, slow down and wave, or park your car and join them! It is fun for all with yummy treats and special surprises at the end of the road when you get to school.

(Also, check back tomorrow for our photo gallery of the kids as they head to school.)

According to Safe Routes to School 25-30 percent of morning traffic is from children being dropped off at school. In recent years, that percentage has been dropping in schools all over Marin as they find other ways of getting to school.

Wade Thomas' Safe Routes To Schools Co-Chairs Tanya Henry and Ted Felhaber also run monthly contests for kids' classrooms to win the Golden Wheel, for participating in Safe Routes special events. All the kids have to do to win the award is walk, ride bikes, scooter or carpool to school, it's that easy.

When the weather turns cold and wet (and biking and walking isn't so fun anymore), School Pool is another community resource that helps parents coordinate car pools.

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