Malvern, PA – Next Wednesday, October 7th, millions of students from all across the world will be participating in International Walk to School Day: a fun way to celebrate a healthy, cleaner, and more community-based way to get to school.
This year in Chester County, local police departments, Safe Kids Chester County, the Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), the Chester County DA, the Chester County Health Department, and Paoli Hospital are partnering with three schools to help the celebrate International Walk to School Day.
"Walking to school is a great American tradition, building both strong character and strong lungs," said Chester County District Attorney, Tom Hoga. "I look forward to joining our kids from Chester County in this annual event."
“The Transportation Management Association of Chester County has been introducing schools in Chester County to WTSD for the past two years,” said Executive Director of TMACC, P. Timothy Phelps. “We’re impressed we have so many partners and three schools participating in the event this year.”
Last year, St. Patrick’s School in Malvern and West Vincent Elementary School had over 800 students walk to school. This year, with St. Patrick’s School in Malvern and West Vincent Elementary School participating their second time and East Fallowfield Elementary School joining, TMACC expects over 1,500 students from Chester County to walk to school that day. They’re hoping more schools will participate too.
“Even though we’re only a week away, we can still help your school plan the event!” stated Phelps, “We want to make sure every school is encouraging healthy habits for their students.”
If your school is interesting in participating in Walk to School Day, please contact TMACC at 610-993-0911 for assistance in organizing. Post any walk to school day photos with the hashtag #WalktoSchoolDay and tag TMACC in them! @Chescocommuter.