VIRGINIA (WVEC) -- On October 4, students across Virginia will be walking to class.

Over 223 schools are signed up to participate in the 11th annual Walk to School Day!

Each year, the Virginia Department of Transportation's Federal Safe Routes to School Program awards non-infrastructure grants to assist school systems that prioritize biking and walking to school.

During the 2017-18 school year, more than 400 schools will benefit from the $960,029 grant.

“SRTS grants fund activities and programs that support making walking and biking to school a safe, convenient and natural activity,” said VDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator Robert Williams. “Each school system receiving a grant has shown dedication to prioritizing walking and biking to school.”

Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000 and are used to fund activities like:

  • Participation in International Walk and Bike to School Days
  • Developing monthly/weekly walking programs or clubs
  • Establishing and supporting walking school buses and/or bike trains
  • Conducting parent surveys and student travel tallies
  • Providing pedestrian and/or bike safety training and resources
  • Hosting bike rodeos
  • Participating in Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

More information about Walk to School Day, click HERE.