Wednesday is Walk to School Day

Shawano and Bonduel schools will participate in International Walk to School Day 2017 on Wednesday. The event brings parents, children and community members together to experience the fun of walking to school together.

Thousands of schools in more than 30 countries will participate in the event.

Over the last 30 years, the percentage of children biking and walking to school has declined from 50 percent or more to now closer to about 15 percent, according to a Safe Routes to School news release. Today, parents drive as many as 50 percent of the children traveling to school, and school bus trips account for an increasing share of the rest.

The purpose of Walk to School Day is to start to reverse those trends. The event also serves as an opportunity to focus on the importance of physical activity, safety, air quality and building bicycle and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods.

Safe Routes to School is an international movement that promotes walking and biking to school in order to improve health, safety and the environment.

If it rains Wednesday morning, the local walk will be postponed until Thursday.

To join or learn more about Shawano Area Safe Routes to School, contact Nancy Schultz, family living educator for the Shawano County University of Wisconsin-Extension, at nancy.schultz@ces.uwex.edu or 715-526-6136.