Twenty Olmsted County elementary schools will join schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk and Bike to School Day on Wednesday (October 7).

Students are encouraged to walk and roll to school along with their parents, teachers, Mayor Ardell Brede, the RCTC footbal players, high school mascots and Slider from the Honkers.

The event will take place from 8:30 to 9:15am with kids and parents walking and biking from home to school. Schools have additional opportunities on the playground to be active with walking and running routes, with athletes on hand to play sports before school.

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling. It also emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The vents build connections between families, schools and the broader community.

This year's event is organized locally by Zumbro Valley Medical Alliance and sponsored in part by Olmsted County Public Health and the Statewide Health Improvement Program.

Additional information can be found at walkbiketoschool.org