Students, parents and teachers at Andrew Robinson Elementary School in Jacksonville teamed with various organizations on Wednesday morning, Oct. 5, 2016, as part of the annual International Walk to School Day Event – Walk With Me!
Participating representatives supporting or walking with the students included: Florida Department of Transportation, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Jacksonville City Council, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Safety Kids Northeast Florida, THE PLAYERS Center for Child Health at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.
FDOT-sponsored Alert Today Florida celebrity role models walking with the students included NFL Jacksonville Jaguars Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn and NASCAR Driver Scott Lagasse, Jr.
Walkers formed at the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church on Jacksonville’s northside and walked two blocks to the school.
Schools and communities around the globe were involved in Wednesday’s event to celebrate the International Walk to School Day, a day to recognize the health benefits of walking to school and teach children how to get there safely.
As part of this effort, JTA CEO Nat Ford joined City Councilman Reginal Gaffney, Duval County School Board Vice Chairman Paula Wright, Wolfson’s Children Hospital President Michael D. Aubin and other stakeholders at Andrew Robinson Elementary School.
JTA is collaborating with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to implement the Safe Route to Schools (SRTS) program in Jacksonville. This involves improving infrastructure in our communities and includes such things as building or fixing sidewalks, installing pedestrian signs and adding crosswalks. JTA recently submitted an application to FDOT for infrastructure improvements within a two-mile radius of Andrew Robinson Elementary School. JTA is partnering with the City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, FDOT, bike and pedestrian organizations and other stakeholders to focus on making Jacksonville’s mobility corridors safer.
Video highlights of the event may be viewed at https://youtu.be/tSPxDM6pGlo.