WES National Walk/Bike To School Day A Success

Students gather at the start of the walk.

The sidewalks on Big Blue Trace were crowded on Wednesday, Oct. 4 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.

School Board Member Marcia Andrews was happy to be a part of this event as well. The crowd started gathering in front of Temple Beth Torah at 7:15 a.m., and the walk/bike promptly began at 7:30 a.m. When the children arrived at the school, they received prizes and a drink. There were more than 400 children participating.

Encouraging children to walk or bike to school is a way to instill 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. Also, it cuts down on traffic and pollution.