Walk to School: Day promotes ‘walkable community’

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star
Accompanied by police escort, Shawnee students, teachers, parents and officials participate in International Walk to School Day. Wednesday morning, the group walks along Union Street toward Shawnee Middle School.


• Shawnee Public Schools officials have an extra spring in their step during International Walk to School Day Wednesday, celebrating the news that Shawnee Middle School has just become the recipient of a $1.5 million grant from Avedis Foundation.

• The evening before Walk to School day, during Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Avedis Foundation President and CEO Michelle Briggs announced the grant award.

• Briggs said, to date, it is the largest grant given by the foundation so far –– double the amount of any single grant previously doled out by the group.

• The grant will provide increased educational and wellness opportunities for students and the community through the construction of the Shawnee Middle School multi-purpose/tennis courts, walking trails, sidewalk and nature play and learning place project.


• Organized by the Partnership for a Walkable America, Walk to School Day in the USA began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.

• In 2000, the event became international when the UK and Canada and the USA joined together for the first International Walk to School Day.

• International Walk to School Day is now a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. For more information, visit walkbiketoschool.org.