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Hundreds of kids walk, bike to school

Beaverton schools take part in International Walk to School Day on Wednesday.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BEAVERTON SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL - Hundreds of students, along with parents and other adults, walked or rode bikes to Oak Hills Elementary School on Wednesday for International Walk to School Day. At least 20 Beaverton-area schools took part in the annual event.Children didn't let a little rain get in their way Wednesday morning as hundreds of students attending at least 20 Beaverton School District schools took part in International Walk to School Day.

One of the larger events was at Oak Hills Elementary, where more than 300 students walked or rode bikes to school along with their parents, teachers and community leaders.

Organizers called the Oak Hills Walk + Bike to School Day one of its most successful ever.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BEAVERTON SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL - Oak Hills Elementary School students got a bit of encouragement as hundreds of them walked or biked to school Wednesday.Oak Hills was one of the Beaverton schools most affected by this year's reductions to bus routes that served children living within a mile of the school with routes that are deemed safe.

District officials adhered to state guidelines to reduce bus services at several schools, but the cuts have been controversial in some areas where parents worried about safety. The state pays for part of transportation costs for students who meet its guidelines.

Providing safe walking and biking routes to schools also encourages more healthy activity, which is another district priority. Easing traffic congestion and improving safety are additional goals, according to Lynne Mutrie, who coordinates the Beaverton Safe Routes to School program that coordinated the district-wide effort.

The district worked with Oregon Safe Routes to School, Metro and local police and government agencies.


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