Students and many of their parents will walk to school today at Alisal and Hearst elementary schools as Pleasanton wraps up its participation in International Walk to School Week.
Lydiksen, Mohr, Valley View, Walnut Grove, Donlon, Fairlands and Vintage Hills elementary school students walked earlier this week.
The program is sponsored by the city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Unified School District.
The annual event is being held in Pleasanton for the 13th year. Its purpose is to promote pedestrian safety, improve air quality and parent involvement. It is part of Rides to School, Pleasanton's school traffic calming program.
Morning celebrations for students and parents will be held 30 minutes prior to the first bell at each school. Many parent volunteers will be helping to coordinate the refreshment parties which will welcome the hundreds of walkers each morning.
"Walk to School Day will allow parents to spend time with their children and see how beneficial
walking to school is for their children and their school," said Lisa Adamos, Pleasanton's economic development specialist. "It teaches the students safe walking habits and helps reduce traffic around the schools."
The Alameda County Safe Routes to School program is working closely this year with Mohr Elementary School, Harvest Park and Pleasanton Middle schools and Foothill High School to plan programs and campaigns to promote walking, biking or carpooling to school. More information on Rides to School can be found at www.pleasantonschoolpool.org or by contacting Adamos at 931-5039.