Thursday, October 31, 2013

Leggett and Local Officials Celebrated Walk to School Day at Kensington Parkwood Elementary School

On October 8, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett celebrated International Walk to School Day at Kensington Parkwood Elementary School, where they have begun a “School Pool” program. School Pool is a free, interactive, safe and secure matching service for parents of children who attend the same school and want to share the responsibility of transporting students using a “walking school bus”, a bike train or even a traditional carpool.

Following the walk, AAA Mid-Atlantic sponsored two assemblies for kindergarten, first and second grades featuring the robot Otto the Auto -- who teaches children safe walking tips.

Walk to School Day events focus on the need for safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

Sponsors of this year’s event at Kensington Parkwood Elementary School were Safe Kids Montgomery County, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Foundation for Safety and Education, Federal Express, Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Montgomery County Police, Maryland Safe Routes Network, the Maryland State Highway Administration, Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Clif Kid.