Students walk to Morgan Elementary School in Shelby Township on Wednesday as part of National Walk to School day. (David Coates / The Detroit News)
At one time, it was the only way to get to school, but walking has become a thing of the past for many students in Michigan schools.
On Wednesday morning across Michigan, hundreds of students participated in the national Walk to School Day event, including nearly 500 students and their parents from Morgan Elementary in Shelby Township.
The event is sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School to promote fitness among students. Students are learning that a daily brisk walk can help maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage various medical conditions and strengthen bones, program officials say.
More than 140 schools across Michigan were registered for Walk to School Day and will participate in exploring safe routes to their school.
The event is coordinated by the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s Safe Routes to School Program and presented by the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Meg Thomas, Safe Routes to School director of the Michigan Fitness Foundation, said “This year’s theme is ‘exploration.’ Our goal is for students to learn about safe routes in their community by walking to school and becoming more aware of their surroundings. When children actively participate in an outdoor activity like walking to school, they learn more about the neighborhoods, sidewalks and trails in their community.”
For more information about Safe Routes to School, contact the Michigan Fitness Foundation at (800) 434-8642