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Drew Charter to Celebrate International Walk to School Day

Oct. 3, expect to see East Lake school's students walking as part of a larger drive toward fitness and the strengthening of community ties.

Students from Charles R. Drew Charter School will be walking and rolling to school Wednesday, Oct. 3, along with parents, teachers and community leaders including Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong and representatives of the office of Atlanta Public Works.

The event will begin at 7:20 a.m. with kids, parents and community leaders walking in groups from both East Lake Terrace in Kirkwood and the Villages of East Lake. Walkers will arrive at the school by 7:45 a.m.

Other special activities associated with the walk include a walking school bus route to and from school that day and completing a walkability checklist during the walk to help identify areas on the route to school that need improvements to increase student safety.

In 2011, International Walk to School Day was celebrated at more than 4,000 events at schools across the United States, along with children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

The event is being organized by the Charles R. Drew Charter School Safety and Transportation Committee.

The Committee strives to implement the best safety and transportation practices for the children attending Drew, which is a part of a Safe Routes to School program.

For additional local information, please contact me at 770.401.4181.

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