Carlton County Schools will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Walk to School Day events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

This event is part of a larger program, the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership), which covers Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties, where the aim is to reduce obesity by helping to provide the means for people to be more active, eat healthier and end their commercial tobacco use.

Each school in Carlton County has a Safe Routes to School plan, where they work with community partners on infrastructure, programmatic and systems changes to help encourage more students to walk and bike to school.

Each school participating in Walk to School Day will have a variety of activities during the week to promote walking and biking. Visit walkbiketoschool.org.