Posted: Tuesday, October 8th 2013 at 5:08pm
Enota's 9th Annual Walk to School Day is Wed.
By Ken Stanford Staff
GAINESVILLE - Motorists on Riverside Drive and Ronnie Green Parkway are urged to use extra caution between 7:00 and 7:30 Wednesday morning because of Enota Elementary School's 9th Annual "Walk to School Day."
The walk will begin at 7:00 at the Elks Club on Riverside Drive and Green's Grocery on Ronnie Green Parkway and end at the school on Enota Avenue about 7:30.
About 250 are expected to make the trek from those two locations along with their parents or guardians, teachers and community leaders. The idea, organizers say, is to walk to school together with a purpose - to promote health, safe walking or biking routes to school, physical activity and concern for the environment.
Now in its 14th year nationwide, Walk to School Day is expected to include 3,000 schools from all 50 states.
Why Promote Walking to School? Organizers give five reasons:
• Between 1976 and 2004, the percentage of overweight children ages 6 to 11 almost tripled
• A recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency study showed that locations with schools surrounded by good streets and sidewalk networks have more students walking and biking to school as well as better air quality.
• In 1969, 42 percent of students in the U.S. walked to school. In 2001, only 16 percent of students between the ages of 5 and 15 walked or bicycled to school.
• Less than half of students who live within a mile of school walk or
bike to school even once per week.
• In 2005, the average annual cost per student using bus service was $737. Studies in some cities show that 17 to 26 percent of morning rush-hour traffic can be school related.
The walk is sponsored by the Enota PTA,, FedEx, Gainesville public safety agencies and Safe Kids Gainesville-Hall County, which is led by Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
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