Syracuse students participating in National Walk to School Day

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Wednesday is National Walk to School Day and a few Central New York school districts are participating.

The national effort is meant to promote a healthy lifestyle stressing the importance of exercise but also safety for kids walking to school. On Wednesday, students at Franklin Elementary School and Dr. Weeks Elementary School will be guided by police, administrators, and communtiy leaders on their walk to the classroom.

The event is also a chance for SCSD to launch a new “Safer Route” program. After research from Syracuse and Onondaga County along with suggestions from parents in the area, they’ve come up with the safest route to school for kids who go to Franklin and Dr. Weeks. Now, students will have signs to help guide them along these new routes.

For general safety, there are a few tips for those who don’t take the bus. It’s recommended that kids walk to school with a friend or a parent, wear bright-colored clothing, and don’t take any shortcuts.

The Oswego City School District is also taking part in National Walk to School Day.


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