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MESA, AZ (CBS5) -

Some 5,000 students from seven elementary schools in Mesa will join students around the world in celebration of International Walk and Bike to School Day in October.

Students from Sequoia Charter, Wilson, Hermosa Vista, Sousa, Taft, MacArthur, Keller, and Lowell elementary schools will be encouraged to walk and bike to school.

Each school has selected a day in October to celebrate, depending on their school schedule, said Kimberly Nelson of the city of Mesa.

Schools will deliver pedestrian education for both students and parents, through assemblies, newsletters, PE classes, and announcements prior to their event day.

The schools are joining the City of Mesa Transportation Department, school PTOs and FedEx Express in trying to raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment.

The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community, Nelson said.

In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to include 3,000 schools from all 50 states.

The idea is to walk to school together to promote health, safety, physical activity, aid in the reduction of traffic congestion during the drop off and pick up at a school and concern for the environment.

Walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 36 countries around the world.

The City of Mesa Transportation Department, Mesa School Champions, and Federal Express are organizing this local event.

For more information, call Ashley Barinka, transportation safety educator, at 480-644-3398

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