Manorhaven Elementary School students celebrated International Walk to School Day on Oct. 4.
That day, an estimated 3,500 similar events took place in 40 countries. There are many benefits to walking to school, organizers say. Walking to school promotes physical activity, safety, community awareness, and concern for the environmental. It also brings attention to the need to reduce traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools as well as the need to reclaim neighborhoods. And it provides the opportunity to share time with community leaders, parents and children.
"This is the second year that we participated in this event," said Manorhaven Principal Bonni Cohen. "I was so impressed with the number of families that walked to school this year to show school spirit and a dedication to health, fitness and a clean environment."
“I enjoyed walking with other families and sharing with my children the experience in participating in something shared nationally," said said Joyce Rather, a parent of a kindergartener. "I also think it helps to bring the community closer together,”
”The morning was fun, and all the kids got a prize and a slice of orange," said Felicity O’Brien, a parent who volunteered at the event. "It's a good way to get the green environmental, fitness and healthy eating message across to kids. There are benefits for the school day, as the kids concentrate better and are happier after they have done some exercise in the morning."
The effort also encouraged kids to ride their bikes or scooters as well.
With special thanks to Lisa Levine.