This month, students across the Shawnee Mission School District laced up their shoes, put on helmets, and traveled to school as pedestrians. They were observing national Walk and Bike to School Day on Oct. 10.
More than 250,000 children participated in the event across the country, which is organized to celebrate the benefits of walking.
At Trailwood this year, students, staff and community members took the occasion as an opportunity to celebrate steps recently taken at the school to improve pedestrian safety. The effort was accomplished through the work of Trailwood staff members, parents, staff from the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment, and the cities of Overland Park and Prairie Village.
When students arrived, they were greeted by the Indian Woods and Shawnee Mission South high school mascots, and community partners, including the Johnson County SafeKids Coalition and FedEx, who talked to the students about steps they can take to be safe pedestrians.