Wednesday, October 28, 2009
On October 7, County Executive Isiah Leggett, Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown and other dignitaries joined Bethesda Elementary School students, staff and parents on their walk to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day. Bethesda Elementary is weaving this year’s safe walking campaign into their Green Schools curriculum, with a special emphasis on fitness and wellness. Fire engines and “Sparky” the fire dog were special attractions for the students.
Officials also celebrated a new sidewalk built by Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation next to the school at the corner of Arlington Road and Wilson Lane. The new walkway improves pedestrian access and safety.
This year, Walk to School Day was celebrated by 5,000 schools throughout the U.S. and 40 countries around the world. More than 22 schools in the county participated. Events focused on the need for safer routes for walking or bicycling and emphasized increased physical activity among children.
For more information about pedestrian safety and the County’s Safe Routes to School program, go to the County’s website