Area schools will join students from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Oct. 4.
Students from these communities are planning Walk to School Day events: Perham, Detroit Lakes, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Rothsay, Breckenridge, Battle Lake, Parkers Prairie, New York Mills, Barnesville, Hawley, Lake Park Audubon and Frazee.
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 while improving wellness.
This year's events are organized by area school districts and communities with help from PartnerSHIP4Health.
PartnerSHIP 4 Health seeks to create sustainable, systemic changes in schools, worksites, communities and health care organizations that make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives.
For additional local information, please contact your local school.