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County To Celebrate Walk To School Day In Kensington

By Aaron Kraut

Monday - 10/7/2013, 3:15pm  ET

Police watch the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Arlington Road near Bethesda Elementary School in April (file photo)Montgomery County will celebrate International Walk to School Day nearby on Wednesday.

Kensington Parkwood Elementary School (4710 Saul Rd.) will host a number of county officials for the annual event, meant to encourage students and parents to walk or bike to school and put more attention on unsafe driving behaviors.

The walk will begin at 9:05 a.m. at the corner of Saul and Wildwood Roads. County Executive Isiah Leggett, Councilmember Roger Berliner, Board of Education member Shirley Brandman, Del. Al Carr, Kensington Parkwood principal Barbara Liess and others will participate in the walk.

The event will also highlight the school’s “School Pool” program, a service that matches parents of students who attend the same school for transportation purposes. Kindergarten-second grade students will get an assembly on safe walking tips.

In February, a three-month old child in a stroller was hit and dragged from a crosswalk on Arlington Road near Bethesda Elementary School. The child was uninjured.

Since, a group of parents at the school have started an effort to get the county to install a number of traffic-calming measures. The county responded by conducting police enforcement of the intersection and installing new 25 mph speed limit signs in the school zone.