Students participate in Walk to School Day
International Walk to School Day is a fun way to celebrate walking to school, exercise, and to educate safe walking habits for children.
This year, TMACC partnered with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, Safe Kids Chester County, and the Chester County Health Department to help two Chester County Elementary Schools host the event.
West Vincent Elementary School and St. Patrick School of Malvern both participated on Walk to School Day on Oct. 5 for the third year in a row.
In total, they had over 300 students participate in the walk.
“It’s always fun to gather the students and their parents to participate in Walk to School Day,” said West Vincent Elementary Principal Ed Smith. “It gives the students time before school to catch up with friends and enjoy some exercise. We always look forward to celebrating the day.”
The Transportation Management Association of Chester County (TMACC), which organizes the event in Chester County each year, thinks it’s a great way to show students there is a healthier and fun option to traveling to school that doesn’t include using a car.
“Walking to school promotes a car-free lifestyle,” said Executive Director P. Timothy Phelps of TMACC.
“We want to raise these children on new, healthier habits than what we are teaching them now, and that is to drive everywhere even if your destination is close. We’re hoping Walk to School Day encourages at least one child’s view on walking as a form of transportation.”
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan and Malvern Chief of Police Louis Marcelli with two students from St. Patrick School in Malvern.