RALEIGH -On Wednesday, Oct. 8, at least 140 schools across North Carolina will participate in the annual Walk to School Day as part of an international movement to raise awareness of the needs of pedestrians while promoting healthy choices. The event is a promoted by the N.C. Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program, funded by the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.
Now in its ninth year, NCDOT's Safe Routes to School program administers an event each year at a different school featuring appearances by local community members. This year's NCDOT Walk to School Day event will be held at Hominy Valley Elementary School in Candler and will be attended by several Buncombe county officials, members of the Health Department and NCDOT staff.
To learn more about schools participating in your area and around the country, take a look at this interactive map pulled together by the National Walk Bike to School organization. If you're interested in hosting an event at your school, review the NCDOT step-by-step guide to planning an event.