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Hundreds of SLO County kids celebrate Walk to School Day

Pedro Lucas, 11, and Gabinno Garcia, 7, walk to Oceano Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, which was International Walk to School Day.
Pedro Lucas, 11, and Gabinno Garcia, 7, walk to Oceano Elementary School on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, which was International Walk to School Day. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Students from 29 schools across San Luis Obispo County participated in Walk to School Day on Wednesday, an international event intended to raise awareness of the need for safe routes for walking and bicycling as well as the importance of exercise.

Hundreds of schoolchildren from seven school districts walked to school Wednesday along with parents, teachers and school administrators. Some sites held raffles or related events.

School participation levels have nearly doubled from past years, according to a news release from the Safe Routes to Schools Task Force, a local committee comprised of representatives from all 10 public school districts and other local government agencies, including San Luis Obispo Regional Rideshare.

Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Canada and Great Britain already had walk-to-school programs in place. In 2000, the three countries joined together to create International Walk to School Day.

For more information, go to www.slosaferoutes.org.

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