U46 Schools to Participate in International Walk to School Day

U-46 Schools to Participate in International Walk to School Day
Event Aims to Keep Families Excited About Benefits of Walking to School

ELGIN – At least 18 schools across the state’s second largest school district are planning to participate in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday morning, with several hosting special celebrations tied to the event.

Walk to School Day celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016, with more than 5,000 registered events across the country. The event is coordinated by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, which is committed to empowering communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe, appealing, preferred choice for families. A Bike to School Day, organized by the same group, is traditionally held in the spring.

According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, encouraging more students to walk or bike to school has a number of benefits, including: A strong sense of community, less traffic congestion during morning peak times and less money spent on gas and busing, as well as helping children get the one hour or more of physical activity that is recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

U-46 schools plan to participate in Walk to School Day on Wednesday morning as follows:













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Clinton Elementary

770 E. Mill St., South Elgin

8:30 a.m.

Students to walk around the building to celebrate at about 8:40 a.m. Parents have been invited to join.

McKinley Elementary

258 Lovell St. Elgin

8:30 a.m.

Spring Trail Elementary

1384 Spring Valley Dr., Carol Stream

8:30 a.m.

Sycamore Trails Elementary

1025 Sycamore Lane, Bartlett

8 a.m.

Fox Meadow Elementary

1275 Jenna Drive,

South Elgin 

8:30 a.m.

Oakhill Elementary

502 S. Oltendorf Road, Streamwood

8 a.m.

Coleman Elementary

1220 Dundee Ave., Elgin

8:30 a.m.

Lords Park Elementary

323 Waverly Dr., Elgin

8 a.m.

School will coordinate a special event at the beginning of the day for those students who ride the bus to school. They will walk around the school grounds to the beat of motivational music playing on the intercom.

Ontarioville Elementary

2100 Elm St., Hanover Park

8:30 a.m.

Hawk Hollow Elementary

235 Jacaranda Drive, Bartlett

8:30 a.m.

Staff will be walking with students to school in the morning. All students who participate in the morning walk will sign a banner hanging in the school’s cafe.

Century Oaks Elementary

1235 Braeburn Drive, Elgin

8 a.m.

School coordinated meeting in two locations to walk less than a mile to the school building. Location One: Park in the Century Oaks West neighborhood, on the corner of Forest Drive and Sheffield Drive. Location Two: Century Oaks neighborhood at the corner of Crestview Drive and Countryside Drive. Representatives from Advocate Sherman Hospital and the Elgin City Council will be walking with students. Students will sign a banner, the principal will welcome students and guests, followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Tiger Pride pledge, all scheduled for outside.

Abbott Middle School

949 Van St., Elgin

8:50 a.m.

Creekside Elementary

655 N Airlite St., Elgin

8:30 a.m.

Lincoln Elementary

1650 Maureen Drive, Hoffman Estates

8:30 a.m.

The school has coordinated a meeting spot at 8 a.m.on the southeast corner of Blackhawk Drive and Congdon/Shoe Factory Road, followed by a rally when walkers arrive at the school.

Prairieview Elementary

285 Mayflower Lane,


8:30 a.m.

Coleman Elementary

1220 Dundee Ave., Elgin

8:30 a.m.

O’Neal Elementary

510 Franklin Blvd., Elgin

8:30 a.m.

Highland Elementary

190 N. Melrose Ave., Elgin

 8 a.m.

Media members: Please let Mary Fergus know if you plan to attend one of the above school-based events.