For the first time in Pasadena ISD, over 100 students, parents, staff and community volunteers hopped on the walking school bus early Wednesday morning to celebrate International Walk to School Day.
The annual event raises awareness about the need for safe routes for walking and emphasizes the importance of physical activity among children, pedestrian safety and concern for the environment. Walk to School Day also helps build connections between families, schools and the community.
“The CDC recommends that students get 60 minutes of activity every day, so walking to school is a good way to start that activity,” said Amber Macneish, coordinated school health specialist. “Between walking to school, campus activities and after-school play – fitting in that 60 minutes will really help our students be healthy.”
Richey partnered with the Harris County Public Health Department, Healthy Living Matters and the Pasadena Police Department for the walk.
Officer L.J. Santillanes, who helped walkers stay safe this morning, offered some advice for those who plan to continue walking to school throughout the year.
“We encourage people to be safe by walking in groups,” Santillanes said. “Always use the same route, make sure your parents know which route you’re taking, be safe and have fun.”