Students join Ga. Walk to School Day

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - On Wednesday morning, there were a few more kids choosing to use their feet to get to school.

"I rode my bike," student Cyniah Monroe.

"I walked to school," said student Charisma Edwards.

Students across the state hit the pavement  to learn how to safely get to school.

"It makes you healthy, you can do better stuff and you can be safe on the road," said Monroe.

"It is healthy," said Edwards.

It's part of Georgia Walk to School Day, which is sponsored by the Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center and Safe Kids Savannah.

"It is a great way to get kids out and healthy, get them moving, get their parents moving and we are also interested in bicycle and pedestrian safety; getting them safely to schools and finally the environment," said Patti Sistrunck, Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center, School Outreach coordinator.

It's a way to school that is least traveled, but has many benefits.

"If kids walk and bike, it will make them more alert for the day, they will be able to pay attention more in class, just give them that little exercise in the morning to wake them up and get them going," said Alison Gramza of Safe Kids Savannah.

Students at Jacob G. Smith Elementary school participated in a walking bus or bike train to get to school.

"You ride on one side of the road," said Monroe. "You look both ways and then you cross."

"Just walking, because it is healthy and it burns calories," said Monroe.

"It is a nice time to bond with your child and enjoy the weather," said parent Pam Smith.

While teaching them how to safely get to school.

The students also learned about pedestrian safety, traffic rules and the importance of helping the environment.

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