Fairmount Elementary School, in partnership with LINC Caring Communities and the Independence Health Department, will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday.

Fairmount Elementary School, in partnership with LINC Caring Communities and the Independence Health Department, will participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday.


At 8 a.m., about 200 Fairmount students will join parents, teachers and community leaders to walk a loop from the school playground, 120 N. Cedar Ave., to Fairmount Park and back. Walkers will arrive back at the school at about 8:35 a.m.


Other activities will  include a visit from the Independence Parks and Recreation mascot, Seymore Eagle; a healthy snack at the park; and safety-related giveaways sponsored by FedEx and Safe Kids USA. More than 3,500 Walk to School Day events will take place in the U.S., and 40 countries across the world also will join in.


In 1997, the Partnership for a Walkable America established Walk to School Day in the United States. Canada and Great Britain already had walk-to-school programs in place, and in 2000, the three countries collectively created International Walk to School Day.


In Independence, Cedar Avenue at Fairmount School is part of the $2 million “sidewalks to schools” initiative within the public works street sales tax. In 2010, the city completed a project along Home Street next to the elementary school, encouraging people to walk more, and a project is planned along Crackerneck Road at William Yates Elementary School.


The City Council will hear a proclamation at Monday night's meeting that declares October as Walk to School Month.