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Walk to School Day: Texas Students Fill the Sidewalks

PHOTO: The goal of Walk to School Day is to get children to become more active, while raising awareness about the need for safe routes for the kids. Photo credit: woodleywonderworks/Flickr.
PHOTO: The goal of Walk to School Day is to get children to become more active, while raising awareness about the need for safe routes for the kids. Photo credit: woodleywonderworks/Flickr.
October 8, 2014

DALLAS - This is Walk to School Day, as students across Texas and the nation are encouraged to "get active" as they get to class. Among those taking part in today's activities is Northwood Hills Elementary School in Dallas, where executive assistant Cheri Scott says they're committed to supporting physical activity and teaching safe pedestrian skills.

"We've been promoting it all week long and encouraging the students that live close enough to walk to walk, either with a friend or with their parents, and join together as a community," Scott says.

Northwood Hills is one of more than 140 schools in Texas taking part in Walk to School Day.

Scott also notes, getting children to make healthier choices, such as getting to school by walking or biking, isn't just a matter of health but also academics.

"The more they move, it tends to make them a little more alert, once they get here in the mornings," she says. "Coupled with a good breakfast, the statistics and reports show it makes them better students, more interactive and more alert once they get into the classroom."

Back in the 1960s, nearly half of all students in this country walked to school. Today, the figure has dropped to about 15 percent.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - TX