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How to Keep Kids Safe on Their Walk to School: Walk to School Day

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KENNEWICK, WA.- About 20 thousand students, parents and educators across the state will participate in events to learn how to encourage kids to safely walk or ride to school on Walk to School Day, October, 9.

Kids should always use the buddy system or walk in groups whenever possible. Teaching kids to be aware of their surroundings is key and of course they should not talk to people they don't know and trust.

"We talk to kids about any time there's a safety concern or they have any kind of concern with maybe any kind of suspicious activity to report it to an adult that they know, whether that be at school or at home," said Carla Leon Lobos, Pasco School District.

The Washington Department of Transportation has given out 55 million dollars in grants  throughout the state since 2005 for projects to improve student safety when they walk to school.

Walk to school day not only encourages safety but also fun! Parents are encouraged to walk along.  Plus they want to encourage families to do more physical activity.