International Walk to School Day an opportunity to teach safety

KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) — Thousands of students across the Miami Valley will be participating in the annual International Walk to School Day on Wednesday.

Kettering City Schools has sent out flyers to parents and students. This year–their focus is on safety, and walking as a family.

Sarah Leighner, a Physical Education teacher at Indian Riffle Elementary, says the school’s proximity to major roads is a big factor.

“We are located in a very popular area with Stroop and Dorothy Lane being close to use,” she added, “we wanted to make a school wide event where students could still be able to learn about safety even though they weren’t walking to school with their families,”

The school is planning an event to discuss the importance of a student safety patrol. From there–students will walk outside for about 30 minutes.

“They will walk 2 separate routes. Our kindergarten, first, third and fifth grade students are going to walk our Halloween parade route,”

She says the opportunity will be a good practice for the younger students to practice safety skills. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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