Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner (D-Potomac-Bethesda) will join students and parents from Wood Acres Elementary School on Wednesday for annual “Walk to School Day,” an international event to highlight pedestrian safety.
The Partnership for a Walkable America began the event in 1997 and it has since spread to include participants from 5,000 schools in 40 countries.
Berliner will join the group at 8 a.m. at the intersection of Cromwell Drive and Springfield Drive for the roughly 30-minute walk, one of many planned throughout the county.
“Walk to School Day underscores the necessity of having safe routes to school so that students and parents have the choice of walking to school while being out of harm’s way,” Berliner said in the county press release.
Wood Acres (5800 Cromwell Dr.) has a capacity of 551 students and is part of the Pyle Middle School and Walt Whitman High School clusters.
“Walk to School Day is a celebration of all that is great about our Wood Acres community — a chance for parents and students to get some physical exercise while visiting with neighbors and reducing the impact on our environment,” Wood Acres principal Marita Sherburne said in the release. “This day marks this year’s emphasis on greening up our school, from increased recycling drives and emphasis on reducing trash to conserving energy and reducing our ecological footprint.”