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LA Unified encouraging students — and parents — to walk to school

Mike Szymanski | October 1, 2015

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Get out of that car and take a hike with your kid. Well, only if it’s no more than a mile.

LA Unified plans to join the City of Los Angeles and Department of Transportation in linking up with the national Walk to School Day next Wednesday, Oct. 7, to encourage alternate ways of getting to school. It’s a way to connect with the community, get parents to do things with their children, promote exercise and simply get off your duff and do something different.

Last year, officials said more than 18,000 students from 67 schools joined in the Walk-tober (their word, not ours). Administrators, teachers and parents join in, and even if you weren’t aware of a safe way to walk to your school through your neighborhood, they’ll help you find one. (The video above highlights the 2013 event.)

So far this year, 117 schools in LAUSD are signed up. (Yes, you have to register.) They expect more schools will sign up before the deadline.

Nationally, more than 120,000 people signed up at their website. Just hope it doesn’t rain, although out here, that’s highly unlikely.

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