Students, teachers and families were encouraged to forgo autos and buses on Wednesday, October 7, and instead participate in National Walk to School Day. 

Representatives of Live Well Greater Toledo partners including Toledo Public Schools, YMCA of Greater Toledo and the City of Toledo joined schools around the District to mark the day.

One of the biggest celebrations was held at Ottawa River Elementary, 4747 290th St., because of its new Walking School Bus program in which a group of children walk to school with one or more adults. in addition to a well-planned walking route with meeting points, there is a timetable and trained volunteers in a regular rotation.

The program is being implemented at several TPS schools for the 2015-2016 school year.

The purpose of the Walking School Bus program and Walk to School Day events is to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for bicycling and walking with the ultimate goals of increasing physical activity among children while reducing traffic congestion and showing concern for the environment.

The programs in the Toledo area were organized by Live Well Greater Toledo and made possible by funding provided by the Care Source Foundation.

To learn more about safe walking and bicycling routes for individual TPS elementary schools, click on the link that can be found under each school at www.tps.org.

Posted on October 9, 2015