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Students encouraged to walk to school throughout this month

Students kicked it into high gear--literally--last week in celebration of National Walk to School Day. And all this month, they'll be encouraged to track the number of days they bike or walk to school.

Schools from Pleasanton, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon celebrated the second annual Walk 'n' Roll to School program last Wednesday with morning refreshments, giveaways and visits by local officials.

In observance of walking to school this month, prizes will be awarded at the end of the month, courtesy of local businesses including Dublin Cyclery, Livermore Cyclery, Vine Theater, First Treat Yogurt, Target, Woopsie Daisy Toys, Yogofina and CooleyKatz Toys, according to Linda Maurer, assistant to the Dublin city manager.

Hosted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, goals of the program include walking and biking to school, encouraging youth health and exercise and reducing traffic congestion and traffic-related air pollution around schools. This year's participating schools in the Walk 'n' Roll to School Program include Dublin Elementary in Dublin, Live Oak Elementary in San Ramon, Mohr Elementary in Pleasanton and Jackson Avenue Elementary in Livermore.

-Emily West

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