Students, teachers and staff of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District don’t need to worry about pumping gas into their cars this week.

Bike It Walk It — sponsored by SMMUSD, City Hall and the Santa Monica-Malibu Parent Teacher Association — is a district-wide event that encourages drivers to park their cars and find alternative, active means of getting to school.

Santa Monica High School is kicking the event off this morning, and all other Santa Monica schools will celebrate Bike It Walk it next week.

“Studies show that students who get to school under their own power are more ready to learn and are better prepared for mental challenges,” said Grace Phillips of the PTA. “The PTA Council wants our kids to be able to take advantage of their education and do so in their best health.”

To find out about a specific school’s involvement, visit bikeitwalkit.org.

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