Shasta County – The Safe Routes to School program is partnering with the Redding Library’s World of Film series to offer the documentary The Slow Way Home on Thursday, November 2 at 5:30 pm at the Redding Library Community Room. This film explores the difference in how children from different communities travel to school, and how this influences their daily lives. The film shows how the Japanese culture bands together to keep kids safe, even when the unexpected happens, and how they continue to make their community safer for children. The evening will include a Japanese dinner, 56-minute film screening, a discussion, and children’s activities.

The way children travel to school structures daily life for families around the world, but the means differs dramatically. In Japan, 98 percent of children walk to school every day, unaccompanied by a parent. In the United States, just 13 percent of children walk or bike to school and most are driven to school by a parent. The Slow Way Home explores this divergence, examining how Japanese communities have mobilized to keep their streets safe and walkable, not only for children but for everyone in society.

The goal of the Shasta Safe Routes to School Program is to make walking and biking to school safer, easier, more convenient, and increase the number of children walking or biking to school safely. “When more students walk, the number of vehicles around the school area is reduced, making it safer for more children to walk or bike,” says Sara Sundquist, Shasta Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator.

Twice a month the Redding library offers films from around the world through their World of Film Series. The Slow Way Home is part of the series in November.

For more information about the film call 245-6583 or reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

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