Safety, fitness focus of 'Walk to School Day' - FOX Carolina 21

Safety, fitness focus of 'Walk to School Day'

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Upstate students walk to school. (File/FOX Carolina) Upstate students walk to school. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Students across the western Carolinas are encouraged to walk to school safely on Wednesday as a part of a nationwide event.

Oct. 3 is International Walk to School Day, when local schools, the department of transportation and others encourage children to ride their bikes or walk to school.

More than 170 schools and 53,000 students, parents, educators and neighbors in the state will participate in Walk to School Day, according to the South Carolina DOT.

While many students walk to school every day, the Oct. 3 event features large groups of students, parents and staff walking together to raise awareness for increased physical activity among children, pedestrian safety and reducing traffic congestion, among other issues.

South Carolina also hosted its own statewide Walk to School Day in the spring, something the state hopes to promote annually.

If you and your family participate in Walk to School Day, send your photos to iwitness@foxcarolina.com.

To see if your child's school is participating in Wednesday's event, visit the event's national website.

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