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Fort Worth students celebrate the benefits and fun of walking to school

Posted Oct. 3, 2019

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Early on the morning of Oct. 2, District 7 Councilmember Dennis Shingleton joined students at Comanche Springs Elementary School for a Walking School Bus.

Schools across Fort Worth celebrated National Walk to School Day on Oct. 2 with walking school buses and other health-oriented events. Walk to School Day is an annual, nationwide celebration that encourages physical activity and promotes walking to school.

Walking school buses are groups of children who walk to campus together with chaperones — often making stops to pick up more students, like a regular bus, and incorporating fitness activities along the way. The event is led by Blue Zones Project, a community well-being improvement initiative by Texas Health Resources aimed at making healthy choices easier.

Students in Fort Worth met at points along routes to walk with adults and learn how to arrive at school safely. The event promotes healthier habits, a cleaner environment, improved street safety and community-building experiences.

In 2018, 60% of event organizers across the United States reported changes in policies and/or infrastructure to improve safety. This year, City of Fort Worth staff partnered with Blue Zones, Fit Worth, school districts and elected officials to promote Walk to School Day events across the city.

Five members of the City Council plus Mayor Betsy Price and members of the Fort Worth ISD board joined school groups to observe Walk to School Day locally.

“Greenfield Elementary School is so excited to have celebrated National Walk to School Day with our Fort Worth Councilmember Carlos E. Flores,” said Assistant Principal Terrilin Holz. “Thank you to all the students, families, school leaders and elected officials for rallying the community to get out of their cars and onto their feet.”

Since Blue Zones Project kicked off in Fort Worth in 2015, thousands of students across the area have taken part in walking school bus efforts. The movement has grown, with the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth ISD, Keller ISD, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Crowley ISD, Blue Zones Project and North Central Texas Council of Governments collaborating to make routes to school safer.

The walking school bus at Daggett Middle School was the first at the middle school level in the FWISD.

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