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Fort Worth Students, Mayor Get Moving on International Walk to School Day

What: Students at Fort Worth ISD’s Daggett Middle School will take to the sidewalks Wednesday, Oct. 2, for International Walk to School Day. They’re set to be accompanied by Mayor Betsy Price, who is showing her support for the Walking School Bus movement, FWISD Board of Education Trusee Ashley Paz and city Councilwoman An Zadeh.

Walking School Buses are groups of children who walk to campus together with chaperones—often making stops to pick up more students, like a regular bus, and incorporating fitness activities along the way. The event is led by Blue Zones Project, a community well-being improvement initiative by Texas Health Resources aimed at making healthy choices easier.

Since Blue Zones Project kicked off in Fort Worth in 2015, thousands of students across the area have taken part in Walking School Bus efforts. The movement has grown, with the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth ISD, Keller ISD, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Crowley ISD, Blue Zones Project, and North Central Texas Council of Governments collaborating to make routes to school safer. Daggett’s program will be the first Walking School Bus to be held at the middle school level in the Fort Worth ISD.

Why: Getting active on the way to school and walking or biking together allows children to arrive alert and ready to learn; helps them achieve recommended levels of exercise; creates a foundation for lifetime fitness habits; and promotes friendships and a stronger community.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 2

  • Pep rallies begin at route starting points at 7:30 a.m.
  • Students start walking at 7:45 a.m. and take part in fitness stops.
  • School arrival is 8:30 a.m.; students will participate in a dance party and eat a healthy breakfast.

Where:

  • Route 1 starts at the Panther Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs, 1500 Hemphill St.
    • Mayor Price is scheduled to follow Route 1.
  • Route 2 begins in the parking lot of Aramark, 205 E. Morningside Drive.
  • Both routes will proceed 1 mile to Daggett Middle School, 1108 Carlock St. 

About Blue Zones Project: Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth teams with schools, businesses, community leaders, and residents to support longer, better lives. More than 89,000 people and 340+ groups and organizations have improved well-being. Fort Worth is the nation’s largest Blue Zones Community.

About Walk to School Day: The first national “Walk our Children to School Day” was in 1997. The effort now unites students in more than 40 nations each October. The events promote an activity that has decreased dramatically over the past generation despite its significant benefits to children. International Walk to School Day raises awareness of those benefits and encourages year-round walking.