November’s Walking Wednesday Celebrates Ruby Bridges

News Release
October 28, 2020

Get some fresh air and keep moving on November’s Walking Wednesday, November 18, an opportunity for students and their families to walk in their neighborhoods for a boost of energy and for neighbors to reconnect at a safe social distance. Families are encouraged to chalk the sidewalk and find other ways to cheer on their neighbors as they walk in their neighborhoods. Remember to maintain a safe distance from others and follow all COVID-19 safety protocols

November’s event is dedicated to Ruby Bridges, the elementary student who, as the first African American student to integrate William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, was escorted to school by federal marshals in 1960.  

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day is November 14; Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students will participate on November 18.

The FCPS Social Studies team has put together a Ruby Bridges Google page for teachers to use. Safe Routes to School has cards and buttons with a short history in English and Spanish of the Ruby Bridges story. Contact Sally Smallwood at to request cards and buttons.  

The Safe Routes to School office is promoting Walking Wednesdays throughout the year, with a different theme each month. Walking Wednesdays are a county-wide initiative in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Move Your Way and Healthy Strides campaigns. Inova Fairfax and the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax also support the campaign. 


For more information, contact Sally Smallwood at