Martin Luther King Jr., Ord Terrace and Del Rey Woods elementary schools in Seaside will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Month in October.
Students from Del Rey Woods will be walking to school on Wednesday, October 3 along with parents, teachers and community leaders.
The Del Rey Woods event will begin at 7:15 am with students, parents and community leaders walking from Mal’s Market on Noche Buena to Del Rey Woods Elementary.
On October 16, King Elementary will celebrate International Walk to School Month by walking from the Monterey County Social Services Department on the corner of Broadway and Noche Buena starting at 7:20 am and walking with leaders to the school.
Ord Terrace will have their event on October 23, and will meet at the Boys and Girls Club on La Salle at 7:20 am and will walk to the school with parents, teachers, and Monterey County Health Department employees.
All students who walked at the events will receive a healthy snack, a small prize, and will be able to sample strawberry or cucumber infused water.
International Walk to School Month was celebrated at more than 4,000 school events across the United States in 2012, along with children and adults in 40 countries around the world.
These events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, improving pedestrian safety, reducing traffic congestion and protecting the environment. Also, they build connections between families, schools and the broader community.
This is the third Walk to School Day in Seaside organized by the Monterey County Health Department in collaboration with the CA4Health community transformation grant and the Network for a Healthy California.
You can find more information about Walk to School Day in the USA here, the National Center for Safe Routes to School here, and International Walk to School Day here.