SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -

Thousands of students, parents and volunteers are expected to walk, bicycle and roll to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day, an annual event that is celebrated in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Morgan Elementary, located in Shelby Township, says its school is participating in Walk to School Day, along with over 200 other Michigan schools that have also registered to participate.

VIEW: List of registered Michigan schools

The Morgan Elementary "Green Team," led by parents and 100 student members, have teamed up with the Shelby Township Police Department to encourage and promote environmental benefits by saving gas and reducing the emissions released in the environment, health benefits of exercising, as well as the importance of traffic safety.

Principal Sue Balcueva, UCS Director of School/Community Relations Tim McAvoy, Morgan students accompanied by parents and numerous Morgan Staff members, will begin their 1.5-mile walk to school from Mae Stecker Park to Morgan Elementary at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The national event is coordinated in the U.S. by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and locally by the Michigan Fitness Foundation, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Transportation. State officials say the event highlights the importance of youth fitness, in addition to teaching elementary and middle school students the importance of traffic safety and environmental concerns.

For a list of resources, information about Walk to School Day and images from last year's event, click here.

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