Date: October 4, 2000 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Sterling Ivey, 863 534-6377 or 819-0221 pager
Sheriff Crow to Participate in Walk Our Children to School Day

Polk County Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. will join children, parents and caregivers for a walk to school in celebration of National Walk Our Children to School Day, Thursday Oct. 5, 2000. Sheriff Crow will be meeting parents and children outside Southwest Elementary School, located at 2650 Southwest Ave. in Lakeland, at 7:30 a.m. 

"This is a great opportunity for parents to actively participate in making our school zones safe for our children," said Sheriff Crow. 

The Partnership for a Walkable America (PWA) established National Walk Our Children to School Day to encourage regular daily walking for health; to provide an opportunity for adults to teach children about pedestrian safety and choosing safe routes to school; and to help initiate change in communities to make them more safe for walking. 

This is the fourth year the event has been held in the United States. Last year, more than 300,000 parents, kids and community leaders from 170 U.S. cities walked to school together. The purpose is to walk to school together with a common goal - to promote health, safety, physical activity and concern for the environment. This year, countries from around the world will be joining the United States to celebrate the first ever International Walk to School Day. Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, the Isle of Man and the British Colony of Gibraltar are planning walk-to-school events.

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