Today (Oct 9) is International Walk to School Day. Organizers say it's a day that teaches about the health and environmental benefits of walking. Bryan Bodamer is the parent chairman of Walk to School Day at Lake Street Elementary in Crown Point. Bodamer says when it comes to getting the kids to walk, Lake Street is like most schools in the region, with a few walkers, but mostly parents who drop their kids off or bus riders, "our goal is to give those kids an opportunity to have a day of walking to school," and to promote the exercise benefit. Bodamer also says more students are participating in the event that's in its sixth year. "The kids have always been excited about it," Bodamer says, and when they started they had maybe 42-percent participation and last year went up to about 65-percent. He says participants can participate by riding their bikes to school too. The website walkbiketoschool.org shows schools in more than 70 communities around the state signed up for walk to school events. You can hear Jay Stevens' interview with Bodamer online here at our website at News Audio on Demand.