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Ironwood Elementary Hosted International Walk to School EventIronwood Elementary Hosted International Walk to School Event<div class="ExternalClass128ED29D8DC14BA382B12FA441540C4C"><p> <font size="4"><strong>Ironwood Elementary Hosted International Walk to School Event </strong><br><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">October 2 Event Promotes Safety for Students Walking or Biking to School </font></font></font></p><p><font size="4"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"> </font></font></font> </p><p><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">PHOENIX </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">– </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">Ironwood Elementary School in Phoenix joined schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day today. Mayor Kate Gallego walked with the students and shared </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">a safety message at this year’s event. </font></font></p><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"> </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><p>Festivities kicked off at 7:30 a.m. at Acoma Park with Ironwood Elementary students, parents, teachers and community leaders walking to the school in a procession led by the Greenway High School Marching Band. When the students arrived at the school, they gathered at the basketball court where the celebration continued. </p> </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"></font></font><p><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">"Safe </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">and </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">healthy habits can begin at any age," Mayor Kate Gallego said. "By </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">encouraging physical activity and safety in a fun and engaging way, we hope to make an enduring difference in our community and in the lives of our youngest residents</font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">." </font></font></p><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"> </font></font><p><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">"This event is one </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">of 26 safety-focused Walk to School Day events the Street Transportation school safety team will be presenting at schools between September and November</font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">," </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">District 1 Councilwoman Thelda Williams said</font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">. "We are grateful for the support of public safety perso</font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">nnel </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">and school officials who help make these events informative and fun." </font></font></p><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"> </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><p>Phoenix has celebrated Walk to School Day for 19 years, holding its first event in 2000. Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as pedestrian safety while also encouraging increased physical activity among children. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community. </p> <p>The event was organized by Washington School District, Ironwood Elementary, Maricopa County Public Health and the city of Phoenix Street Transportation Department with support from the Phoenix Police Department and Phoenix Fire Department. </p><p> </p> </font></font><strong><font size="3"><p>### </p><p> </p> <p>Additional Resources: </p> </font></strong><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><p>Media Contact for City of Phoenix Street Transportation: Heather Murphy 602-292-3883 </p> <p>Walk to School Day in the USA <a href="http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/">www.walkbiketoschool.org</a> </p> <p>National Center for Safe Routes to School <a href="http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/">www.saferoutesinfo.org</a> </p><p> </p> </font></font><font size="3"><p>About International Walk to School Day </p> </font><ul><font size="3"> </font><li><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">Walk to School Day was established in the United States in 1997 by the </font></font><em><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">Partnership for a Walkable America</font></font></em><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">. It has grown into an international initiative celebrated in all 50 states and 40 foreign countries. </font></font></li><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"> </font></font><font size="3"></font><li><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">The city of Phoenix has celebrated Walk to School day since 2000 and has since expanded to have one main public event and a series of Walk to School Days with school safety assemblies from September through November. </font></font></li><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"> </font></font><font size="3"></font><li><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">Walk to School Day began as a simple idea </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">– </font></font><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3">children and parents, school and local officials walking to school together on a designated day. It is an energizing event, reminding everyone of the simple joy of walking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. Schools focus on health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment. </font></font></li></ul><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"><font face="Calibri,Calibri" size="3"> </font></font></div>10/2/2019 7:00:00 PMHeather Murphy, 602-292-3883