Thousands in SC walk to school to mark special day

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Thousands of South Carolina students, educators and parents are ditching buses and cars to take part in International Walk to School Day.

The state Transportation Department estimates that approximately 50,000 walkers from more than 100 schools are taking part in the Wednesday event.

The department's Safe Routes to School Program helps promote the effort in the state.

The day is designed to draw attention to the need for safer walking and bicycling routes as well as the need for children to get more physical activity.

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