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County residents are invited to participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

International Walk to School Day was founded in 1997 as a way to bring community leaders and children together to promote more walkable communities, safer streets, healthier habits and cleaner air.

Those who live too far from school to walk are encouraged to drive part of the distance, park and then walk the rest of the way.

This year, the county’s focus school for the event will be Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School in Silver Spring. But students, parents and community members throughout Montgomery County will take part in celebrating the simple act of walking and bicycling to school.

Last year, more than 40 schools participated in events designed to promote health, identify safer routes for walking and improve air quality.

For more information about Walk to School Day or to organize an event at your child’s school, contact Nadji Kirby at 240-777-7169 or nadji.kirby@montgomerycountymd.gov. Or, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/saferoutestoschool.