Sep 26, 2011 7:30 PM by News Staff (KXLF Butte)
BUTTE- Get your kids walking shoes ready - October 5th is National Walk to School Day and this is the first year Butte will be participating with an organized event.
Gina Evans with Safe Routes to school says Whittier and Emerson elementary schools are the pilot schools for Butte's participation this year. In the neighborhoods around those schools Safe Routes to school volunteers will be waiting at designated pickup spots for students. They will then lead the kids to school along a specific safe route that has been mapped out. Parents are welcome to join.
Evans says even though there won't be safe routes volunteers at every school this year students from any school are welcome to walk or ride their bikes to school on Oct. 5.
"Every parent should encourage this to show there is a different way to safely transport to school, to friends house. Alternative transportation is where the future's going, and why not go back to biking and walking and being healthy?" Evans said.