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DOT encourages students to walk to school

Wednesday is International Walk to School Day

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is encouraging students to walk to school Wednesday to celebrate International Walk to School Day, according to a release.

Organized events are planned at several Wisconsin schools Wednesday, but all students who can safely and conveniently walk to school are welcome to be part of the international day of walking, according to the release. Last year, more than 100 events were registered in the state.

Safe Routes to School programs encourage children in kindergarten through eighth grade to walk and bike to school by creating safer walking and biking routes, according to the release. The programs improve walking and biking travel options, promote healthier lifestyles in children at an early age and decrease auto-related emissions near schools.

"Wisconsin students will join thousands of students across the U.S. and in 39 other countries to raise awareness about this healthy mode of transportation," Tressie Kamp, who oversees the state's SRTS program, said in the release. "Parents are urged to walk with their children to promote safe habits."

Officials ask schools and communities to register their Walk to School Day events online.

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