Schools Observe 'Walk to School Day'

Students at Meridian Public Schools, including T.J. Harris Elementary took part in the National Walk to School Day.

The day highlights the benefits of walking. It's also a day to help students understand that, as they walk, they need to keep safety in mind.

"For them to notice safety and traffic obstacles they might cross, as well as that walking will help them to keep fit and healthy," said Wanda Kendrick, principal of Harris Elementary.

Teachers and police were on hand to help students understand the best routes and safest ways to walk to school.

Students at Parkview Elementary were also on the walking beat. Even though the weather didn't allow the whole school to participate, as planned, several classes did walk and displayed their inspirational signs.

"Let the kids know at an earlier age that walking is healthy You know, a healthy lifestyle leads to a healthy mind also," said Parkview Elementary P.E. coach, Clark Weems.

National Walk to School Day began in the United States in 1997, modeled after an event in Great Britain. Better health was one reason for it, but safer streets and cleaner air were also goals.


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