International Walk To School DayWritten by Beatriz Reyna
Lexington Public School students walked, ran, and biked Wednesday morning to take steps to a healthier lifestyle.
Whether it was by bike, on foot or even on wheels.
Students at Bryan Elementary are on the move.
“Today is International Walk to School Day and the students walk or bike to school. If the parents feel that that is not safe for them to do by themselves then we have three remote drop off places that they can bring the kids and walk the kids to school with a staff member,” says Donna Stewart, Bryan Elementary Physical Education Teacher.
Bryan Elementary has participated in the statewide movement for the last five years.
“I feel they need all of the opportunities they can to move and be active and our school this year is in construction and we've had to cut back on our running/walking club before school because of all the equipment things that are outside and it is not safe for that to happen right and so it is nice for them to find other ways to be active during the day,” says Stewart.
This year more than 8,000 are expected to participate.
“I worry about the future of our kids. When we were kids everybody walked to school and played outside afterschool and a lot of that stuff isn't happening now because parents not being home and safety issues. So I like to provide opportunities,” says Stewart.
About 300 students and their parents put their feet to the pavement and made the trek to school.
“When the students arrive, if they have walked a faculty member at each corner gives them a sticker and the class that has the highest percentage of participation gets an extra ball or something to be active with at recess time,” says Donna Stewart, Bryan Elementary Physical Education Teacher.
“Oh it's great, I love seeing the kids they are always happy and they enjoy walking and I think we want to instill that that walking is fun and healthy and maybe they will do it more often,” says Stewart.