Tucson families join Safe Kids Pima County on the 11th annual Walk n’ Roll to School Day

Annual celebration of walking and biking to school to encourage community connections and healthy family time

WHEN: Friday morning, April 12, 2013 as students head to school.

WHERE: Elementary and middle schools across Pima County.

WHAT: Thousands of students from 58 schools across Pima County will walk, skate, hop on their scooter, or ride their bike to school during the annual Walk n’ Roll to School Day. The event reaches 30,000 students, and inspires families to use active transportation. It also encourages communities to come together to increase safety and improve air quality by reducing traffic around schools.

Participating schools have received a prize for each student who actively commutes to school that day or participates in the event. In addition, every school has received a Razor scooter to raffle off to one lucky winner.

International Walk to School Day, a similar event held in the fall, had 54 schools participate.

A list of schools participating in the event is available upon request.

Safe Kids Pima County Representative Donna Lewandowski will be available for media interviews. She can be reached at Donna.Lewandowski@tmcaz.com or (520) 306-1893.

The event is sponsored by Safe Kids Pima County and the Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

Additional Information: Safe Kids Pima County is a network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under. Spearheaded by Tucson Medical Center, the local chapter is part of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of more than 450 coalitions in 16 countries bringing together health and safety experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments and volunteers to educate and protect families.