On October 5, a Southern California record of 20,000 students, parents, teachers, volunteers and community leaders from every GUSD school and some Glendale private schools will be walking in groups to celebrate International Walk-to-School Day.
In the U.S., more than 5,000 schools from all 50 states will participate. Children and adults in 40 countries, nearly 4 million people, participate worldwide. International Walk-to-School Day is promoted in the U.S. by Safe Routes to School.
Walks will begin between 7:40 a.m. and 9:00, with students and adults gathering at neighborhood locations to form “walking school buses.” Activities at their destinations will include assemblies with elected officials.
Congratulations and thanks to Safe Routes to School Coordinator Kara Sergile for organizing the largest Walk in Southern California right here in Glendale. At the September 20 Glendale City Council meeting, Sergile, PTA Council President Elizabeth Manasserian, and a group of GUSD students were on hand to receive the mayor’s resolution naming October “Walktober” – International Walk-to-School Month.
Sergile acknowledged Glendale Public Works, a co-sponsor of the event. Transportation head Jano Baghdanian was with the group and announced to council that working with Sergile, city staff have applied for and received $1.5 million in grants from Caltrans for Glendale Safe Routes to School transportation improvement projects and educational programs.
For detailed information on Glendale’s events, contact Sergile at 626-590-6273 or 818-637-2872.