Armed with umbrellas and slickers, thousands of children, parents and officials crowded the streets of Glendale Wednesday morning for International Walk to School Day, designed to promote healthy lifestyles and pedestrian safety.
It was the third consecutive year that local schools have taken part in the national event. Participation numbers were projected to hit 20,000, the highest of any district in California.
“We got all 29 Glendale Unified schools participating this year, as well as three private schools that signed up,” said Kara Sergile, a parent at R.D. White Elementary School and a pedestrian safety advocate who spearheaded the effort.
The annual International Walk to School Day is one facet of a burgeoning walk-to-school movement that has taken hold in Glendale Unified in recent years. The pace is largely being set by Sergile and other R.D. White parent volunteers, motivated by a fatal pedestrian accident at Toll Middle School in October 2008.