Roosevelt Elementary students teachers and parents line up on Mimosa Street for Walk to School Day.
Temperatures in the mid 40s didn’t stop 240 Roosevelt Elementary students,parents, and teachers from taking part in Walk to School Day Wednesday.
It began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities. Roosevelt Elementary was the first school in Kingsport to adopt the program.
Walk to School Day events are designed to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling, and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment.
In addition to Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Andrew Johnson Elementary, John F. Kennedy Elementary, Abraham Lincoln Elementary, and George Washington Elementary schools participated in the program.
International Walk to School Day involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school. Walk to School events have become part of a year-round safe routes to school, with thousands of schools from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participating.