CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Motorists may encounter a greater number of students walking to school on Wednesday morning as area schools participate in the 4th Annual Walk to School Day.
A total of 55 schools across the Lowcountry are signed up to take part, though some of them have scheduled their events for later in March, South Carolina Department of Transportation records show.
SCDOT sponsors the annual event through its Safe Routes to School program.
The goal is th encourage students to walk to school from home or a safe meeting location, walk home from school or a safe meeting location, or walk at school.
Here are the schools participating on Wednesday morning based on records from SCDOT:
- A.C. Corcoran
- Angel Oak Elementary
- Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary
- Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
- Burns Elementary
- Daniel Island School
- Drayton Hall Elementary
- E. B. Ellington Elementary School
- Harbor View Elementary
- Ladson Elementary
- M. C. Hursey Elementary
- Matilda Dunston Primary School
- Memminger Elementary
- Montessori Community School (Will walk during special area time slots)
- Moultrie Middle School
- North Charleston Creative Arts
- Northwoods Middle
- Sullivan's Island Elementary
- Sullivan's Island Kaleidoscope
- University School of the Lowcountry
- W.B. Goodwin Elementary
- College Park Elementary
- Marrington Elementary School
- Sangaree Elementary School
- Westview Elementary School
- Alston Middle School
- Flowertown Elementary
- Fort Dorchester Elementary
- Gregg Middle School
- Joe Pye Elementary School
- Newington Elementary
- Oakbrook Elementary
- Bells Elementary
- Beaufort Middle
- Bluffton Elementary School
- Red Cedar Elementary
For schools not listed, parents should check with their school's office to see if an event is planned.
Organizers hope the annual event will prompt conversations at home about increasing physical activity while reducing traffic congestion.
In 2014, 184 schools statewide registered events.
The Safe Routes to School Resource Center is a federally-funded project of SCDOT that provides education, encouragement, and planning support to schools throughout South Carolina that partner with the Resource Center.
Services and materials are provided at no cost to K-8th grade schools and their communities.