Picture of EP Walk to School Day

Elliott Point ES Participates in International Walk to School Day

For the fourth year in a row, Elliott Point Elementary School participated in International Walk to School Day.  On Wednesday, October 4th, approximately 150 students showed up to walk with their families. The Fort Walton Beach Police Department and Elliott Point SRO were on hand to ensure the student’s safety.   Fort Walton Beach Mayor, Dick Rynearson and his wife Janey, along with several other city officials, joined in to walk with the students to the school.

International Walk to School day is a fun and interactive way to promote walking to school safely. This one-day event which involves communities from more than 40 countries began in 1997. Over time, it has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school. Today, thousands of schools across America - from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico - participate every October.

“I love what we are doing,” said the Mayor.  “The whole community comes together.”

Principal Kathy Ard said, “Children don't seem to walk to school as much anymore. They're always in cars or on the bus so it's exciting for them to do something different and get to be around a big group of people.  It’s just a great way to build community in our school.”

Visit the OCSD Facebook page to view a gallery of photos from this event.

View the Northwest Florida Daily News video below titled, "Elliott Point Elementary School students and parents participate in National Walk to School Day." (0:59) DEVON RAVINE/DAILY NEWS