ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Transportation will celebrate Illinois students for "making strides" on International Walk to School Day.
To support a healthy lifestyle for children and promote green transportation practices, IDOT worked with schools across the state to encourage participation in Friday's International Walk to School Day.
Governor Pat Quinn also proclaimed Oct. 8 as "Walk to School Day" in Illinois to encourage everyone to consider the safety and health of children today and every day.
Over 150 Illinois schools have taken a participation in this annual event.
International Walk to School day provides an opportunity for schools to ensure that their child can walk to school safely. This event also helps students to improve their health and the health of the environment by walking to school instead of traveling by vehicles. This contributes to traffic congestion and air pollution.
International Walk to School Day was originated in Chicago 1997. The original Walk to school day was to create community awareness about making it safe for children to walk to school.