Don’t be surprised if a few more schoolchildren and their parents are walking to and from school Wednesday and Thursday in Kansas City.
Kansas City Public Schools is participating in the International Walk to School Day, which is expected to include 5,000 schools from all 50 states in the country. Such events help create safer routes for walking and bicycling. They also stress the importance of physical activity.
In the Northeast area of Kansas City the schools participating on Wednesday are Garfield Elementary at 436 Prospect Ave., Gladstone Elementary at 335 N. Elmwood Ave. and Whittier Elementary, 1012 Bales Ave. Wednesday morning started out as a sunny, crisp fall day with temperatures close to 60 degrees when the students left home for school.
On Thursday, J.A. Rogers Elementary students will walk to school at 76400 E. 23rd St. There is a chance of showers later in the day, but for the walk the temperature is expected to start out in the low 60s and rise to the low 80s toward the evening.
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Again, it should be a great day for a walk to school. Interim Kansas City Superintendent Al Tunis along with school principals planned to participate at the schools on both days.
BikeWalkKC helped organize the event. That organization has worked with Kansas City Public Schools on the safe routes to school project since the 2014-2015 school year to encourage more students to walk and bike to and from school regularly.
Now the community just has to get the traffic to comply with alert drivers and no-texting or cellphone-use on the roads that kids use when walking and biking to school.
At all times and for the kids’ sake, be careful out there.