The sidewalks on Big Blue Trace were crowded on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 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 their day.
Wellington Mayor Anne Gerwig, Community Services Director Paulette Edwards and School Board Member Marcia Andrews were happy to be a part of the event as well. The school also thanks the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Capt. Rolando Silva for being there.
The crowd started gathering in front of Temple Beth Torah at 7:15 a.m., and the walk began promptly at 7:30 a.m. When the children arrived at the school, they received prizes and a drink. There were more than 300 students who walked.
Encouraging children to walk to school is a way to instill active habits that can contribute to a lifelong healthy lifestyle and reduce pollution. In addition to the many health benefits, there are also intangible benefits as well. 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.