NEWELL – Wednesday morning had new crossing guards at the corners near Newell School. Wednesday, Oct. 4 was designated as National Walk to School Day with the South Dakota Department of Transportation providing crossing guards around the school for grades kindergarten through 8th. They were on hand to walk to the kids across the street in the cross walks.
The DOT Safe Routes to School Program provided lights to the students that can be attached to a backpack or whatever they choose.
National Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration each October.
Today, thousands of schools across America from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico participate every October. Communities and schools are using National Walk to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old. The event promotes health, a better environment, safety, community involvement and fun!