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Schools and communities across the country celebrated Walk & Bike to School Day Wednesday.
Schools and communities across the country celebrated Walk & Bike to School Day Wednesday. Submitted

While many Americans are chowing down on tacos today to celebrate National Taco Day, many local schools and communities are getting out and moving in observance of Walk & Bike to School Day.

Lakewood Elementary in Durham celebrated Walk to School Day this morning. The Friends of Lakewood Elementary PTA and the city of Durham Transportation Department organized the walk, according to a Twitter post from the city. The group started at The Scrap Exchange, led by Lakewood principal James Hopkins, and was joined by more than 100 Lakewood students, parents, teachers and community leaders on the walk to Lakewood.

In Chapel Hill, students from Mel And Zora Rashkis Elementary School participated in the event, and the Chapel Hill Police Department posted a time-lapse video of the walkers and bicyclists.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School organizes the annual events. The organization advocates and helps communities to create places for safe walking and bicycling for everyone, starting with children and the trip to school.

This year, about 5,212 schools across the country registered an event. North Carolina had 297 registered events.

Other Durham schools participating included Club Boulevard Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Eastway Elementary, Spring Valley Elementary, Morehead Montessori and Parkwood Elementary.

Other Chapel Hill-Carrboro system schools walking Wednesday included Ephesus Elementary, McDougle Elementary, Morris Grove Elementary, Northside Elementary, and St. Thomas More Catholic School. In Hillsborough, Cameron Park Elementary School participated.