By John Schaffner

Scores of students will be walking to school along with teachers, parents and pets Oct. 6 as Sarah Smith Elementary in Buckhead joins other schools to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

Sarah Smith’s walkers will arrive at either the primary campus on Old Ivy Rd or the intermediate campus on Wieuca in time for the starting bell at 8 a.m.

The students will be assisted by crossing guards, parent volunteers, and local police. Walkers will be awarded a sticker reading “I walked to school today!”

International Walk to School Day is expected to include 5,000 schools in all 50 states. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

Walk to School Day events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

The event is being organized by the Sarah Smith Elementary PTA. For additional information, contact Carolyn Parks (404-431-6586) or Tammy Mitnitsky (404-518-0889

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.