In observance of National Walk to School Day, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) – together with Safe Kids Cobb County, is partnering with We Can! In Cobb, Georgia Safe Routes to School and FedEx to host the 2nd annual “Walk Home From School” event at Powder Springs Elementary (PSE) on October 17 beginning at 1:45 p.m.

After school activities are planned with the goal in mind to build students’ awareness of pedestrian safety, proper nutrition, physical activity, and to encourage more kids to walk to and from school. All student walkers will play educational games, receive reflectors and prizes, and participate in a pedestrian parade.

“The first Walk Home From School event proved to be a safe and healthy alternative to riding the bus,” said Esther Ashford, We Can! In Cobb Coordinator, CDPH. “We are extremely pleased with the success of this event and are excited to bring it back a second time to inform more parents and their children about the health benefits of incorporating a little physical activity into their day by taking some extra time together to walk home from school.”

Last year, more than 40 students had the opportunity to participate in activities that promoted health and safety at the end of the school day. They were each given goodie bags packed with reflectors, educational materials, pencils, and hand bands before being lead by volunteers and staff to the sidewalk.

If you want to know if your child should walk home from school alone, or for other questions regarding the PSE event on October 17, please contact Kari Tucker, Parent Liaison at (770) 222-3746.

About Walk to School Day
Communities and schools are using Walk or Bike to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old. Benefits include promoting healthier habits and pedestrian safety, reducing car congestion and air pollution and boosting a sense of community to improve neighborhood connections. For more information, visit: www.walkbiketoschool.org/.