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Posted on: October 5, 2016

Woodridge Celebrates Walk to School Day

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Students, parents, and community members from John L. Sipley Elementary School were joined by Village of Woodridge Mayor Gina Cunningham, Woodridge School District 68 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cathy Skinner, Sipley Principal Dr. Don Mrozik, and members of the Woodridge Police Department for Walk to School Day. The group of walkers met outside of the management office at Waterbury Condominiums Association and began the walk to Sipley School at 7:45 a.m.

“Students had an opportunity to interact with school, district, and village leaders as they walked to school, which is wonderful for not only our students, but the community as well,” said Dr. Skinner.

Walk to School Day events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight the benefits of walking to school and come together as members of the community,” said Mayor Cunningham.

Originally organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. In 2000, the event became international when the UK and Canada and the USA joined together for the first International Walk to School Day. Today, thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate walking to school every October. Learn more at www.walkbiketoschool.org.

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