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Walk to school day kicks off WALKtober

Posted at 11:19 AM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 13:19:36-04

In honor of October being Colorado Pedestrian Month, the Colorado Department of Transportation is holding a Walk to School Day event on October 2.

CDOT is encouraging schools throughout the state to participate in the annual event as a way of promoting and practicing pedestrian and road safety.

Colorado Walk to School Day was established as part of the International Walk to School Day program in 1997. More than 40 countries participate and in Colorado more than 150 schools usually participate each year.

Communities across the state often take unique, creative approaches to marking the event.

"We are having 100% staff and student participation for Walk to School Day this year," said Michelle Mueller, a physical education teacher at Beattie Elementary in Fort Collins. "We are having a whole-school one-mile Buddy Walk to start our day. Following the walk, the entire day is dedicated to wellness with six break-out sessions for students and staff to attend."