Big Blue Trace was quite crowded on Friday, Oct. 14, when Wellington Elementary School participated in National Walk to School Day. Staff, students and their families showed up bright and early for an energetic start to the day.
Wellington Vice Mayor John McGovern was happy to be a part of the event. Wellington Elementary also thanks the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s Wellington substation for providing safety to the walkers, as well as a police escort.
The crowd started gathering in front of Temple Beth Torah at 7:15 a.m., and the walk promptly began at 7:30 a.m. The participating children received prizes, all safety related, as they entered the school grounds.
Encouraging children to walk to school is a way to instill the active habits that can contribute to a lifelong healthy lifestyle. In addition to the many health benefits, there are also intangible benefits. Many parents who have participated in a Walk to School Day say that it has been a valuable way to spend time with their children and to socialize with other parents and neighbors.
It was a great morning, finishing up with Vice Mayor John McGovern being interviewed on the school news by a fifth-grade student. Thanks to all who participated in this day to make it a great success.
ABOVE: Principal Dr. Maria Vaughan, Vice Mayor John McGovern and Assistant Principal Kim Harrington carry the Walk to School banner, along with students, while staff, students and their families join them along Big Blue Trace.