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  • Walk-N-Roll to School Week kicks off on October 3

    Sep 30, 2022 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) Clean Air Program and the Pima County Health Department REACH program celebrate Walk-N-Roll to School Week, October 3-7. Thirty-six Pima County schools will participate in the event. Students will be encouraged to walk, bike, scooter, skateboard, or rollerblade to school with the goal of improving student health and reducing congestion, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles near schools.

    Walk-N-Roll to School Week is also a fun way to promote physical fitness, build community, and inspire families to use their feet more often for their school commute. Each student who participates during the week will have a chance each day to enter a raffle for a new Razor scooter.
    Crossing guard and children

    At the October 4 Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Adelita Grijalva will proclaim the first full week of October as Walk-N-Roll to School Week, urging all students, parents, teachers, administrators, schools, and school districts in Pima County to participate in the events and encourage everyone to consider the safety and health of children during that week and every week. “As a mother of three school-aged children, I understand the importance of establishing safe routes for kids to get to school, whether they walk, bike, or catch a bus,” she said. “We also must limit pollution to protect our health and that of the next generation. That’s why I am proud to sponsor Walk-N-Roll to School Week and to advocate for enhancement of alternative means of transportation. We must keep students safe and ensure the air they breathe keeps getting healthier.”

    On October 5, Los Amigos Tech Academy, located at 2200 E. Drexel Road, in the Sunnyside School District, will feature their Walk-N-Roll to School program that takes place every Wednesday and is supported by Safe Routes to School Tucson. Up to 300 students, parents, and teachers walk to school together from seven designated meeting points, they call “walking school bus stops.” They will walk along Drexel Road, ending in front of the school with a small celebration where Wilbur the Wildcat will welcome them to honor their efforts.