Vick Elementary students will lead Walk to School Day

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Samuel H. Vick Elementary School in Wilson will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

More than 100 students from Samuel H. Vick will be walking to school that morning along with parents, police, teachers and community leaders, including Mayor Bruce Rose, Police Chief Thomas Hopkins, and AJ Rightway.

The event will begin at 7:20 a.m. with kids, police, parents, and community leaders walking safety together from two locations: the parking lot behind Piney Grove Baptist Church on Carolina St., and the parking lot behind Reid Street Community Center. Walkers will arrive at the school about 7:45 a.m.

Other special activities associated with the walk includea raffle to give away various prizes, donated by the Evening Optimists Club of Wilson. Walkers will also receive a special “safe walker” badge.

In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to be celebrated at over 3,500 events at participating schools. Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world. The City of Wilson has officially declared October 2, 2013 as International Walk to School Day.

Walk to School 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 Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, Wilson Police, Wilson County Schools, and the City of Wilson Planning Department. It is linked to the City’s participation in the Safe Routes to School program with the NC Department of Transportation and the National Center for Safe Routes to School, and supports the City’s Walk on Wilson program, an initiative to promote safe walking in the City. Walk to School Day is held annually at a different elementary school each year. All schools are encouraged to create and participate in their own events – please contact the City’s Planning Department for information and ideas on how to create your own event.

For additional local information, please contact Michelle Brown at 252-399-2226 or For additional information, please visit these Web sites:

Walk to School Day in the USA                                       

National Center for Safe Routes to School      
International Walk to School Day