CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Thousands of children across South Carolina will walk to and from school Wednesday for SC Walk to School Day, despite some wet weather conditions.
The annual event is part of the Safe Routes to School program, a federal, state and local partnership designed to encourage children to walk and bicycle to school and build a healthier lifestyle, according to a statement from the state Department of Transportation. More than 150 schools and more than 62,000 students will participate this year.
"The event helps support walking and bicycling to school, encourages physical activity among children and can help initiate conversations with students and their families," program coordinator Rodney Oldham said in the statement. "It can also help children develop a sense of independence."
Students who live within safe walking distance of their schools are being encouraged to walk to and from school. For students who don't live within safe walking distance, Oldham suggests walking from a meeting location such as a nearby park, parking lot of community church. If neither of these is an option, students are encouraged to exercise by walking around their school's campus.
Although a number of schools have postponed Wednesday's event due to inclement weather, many others are still participating.
In the program's first year, 150 schools signed up to participate. Last year, that number increased to 188.
To find out which schools in your neighborhood are participating, visit the state's Safe Routes to School Resource Center at www.scsaferoutes.org.
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