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Glendale Students Celebrate Walk to School Day

Post Date:10/03/2017

October 2, 2017

Media Contacts

City of Glendale

Thomas R. Lorenz
Director of Communications & Community Relations
818-548-4844 (office)
818-535-1958 (cell)

Sandra Rodriguez, Program Coordinator
818-937-8313 (office)


Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School
Kristina Provost, Principal
818-241-2433 (office)

Mark Keppel Elementary School
Kristine Siegal, Principal
818-244-2113 (office)



Glendale, CA - Elementary and middle schools in Glendale will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day. Thousands of students from over 20 Glendale schools will walk along with parents, teachers and community leaders to demonstrate the benefits of safely walking to and from school.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Elementary and middle schools citywide, with special guests at various schools including:

Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School
Meeting Location: South end of Verdugo Park at 7:30 AM

Dignitaries Scheduled to Attend:

-Glendale Mayor Vartan Gharpetian
-Glendale City Councilmember Ara Najarian
-Glendale Public Works Director Roubik Golanian
-Glendale Police Sgt. Quintero
-Glendale Fire Department
-Congressman Adam Schiff’s representative


Mark Keppel Elementary School

Meeting Location: Corner of Highland Ave. & Olmsted Dr. at 7:30 AM

Dignitaries Scheduled to Attend: 

-Glendale Councilmember Zareh Sinanyan
-GUSD Board President Nahebedian
-GUSD Superintendent Roberson

WHY: Walk to School events encourage and create safer routes for walking and bicycling to and from school, and call attention to the importance of issues that affect us all, such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. The events also help build sustainable connections between families, schools and the broader community.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Hundreds of school children carrying banners and posters while walking, VIPs walking with children, crossing the street, arriving at schools, costume characters walking with and greeting children.

The City of Glendale operates a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program as part of its commitment to improving pedestrian and bicycle safety in the community. Our goals for the SRTS Program are to reduce injuries and fatalities involving school children and to encourage increased walking and bicycling among students. Funded through a $500,000 grant awarded to the City by the Federal CYCLE 3 SRTS Program, educational events and activities will eventually take place at all public middle and elementary schools in the school district, and at one private elementary school. For more information, visit or get regular pedestrian safety program updates on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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