Students at dozens of Charlotte-area schools were joined by parents, school administrators and at least one celebrity Wednesday morning in observing International Walk to School Day.
This annual observance is designed to encourage students to get exercise each day by walking instead of getting a ride from family members. This year, the observance had a well-known participant in Charlotte – U.S. Transportation Secretary (and former Charlotte mayor) Anthony Foxx.
Foxx said International Walk to School Day is also an important reminder to motorists of the importance of driving safely in the morning.
“As parents, we should urge our children to walk and bike safely, but as drivers we have a special responsibility to be alert to kids walking and biking – particularly in school zones,” Foxx said.
Foxx joined students walking to Cotswold Elementary School in southeast Charlotte Wednesday morning.
Cotswold Elementary has become a poster child for the walk-to-school effort. It has participated in the national observance since 2008 and added a monthly Walk to School Day. Cotswold Elementary officials said up to 350 students, staff and parents are part of the program each month.