Students use their feet to get to school

POOLER, GA (WTOC) - You may have noticed more children using their feet to trek to school Wednesday morning.

It was all part of the International Walk to School Day.

With each step, the children at West Chatham Elementary got closer to understanding how walking to school is better for their health and the environment.

"Good exercise for your bones and excited to walk with friends to school, because you have buddies to walk with instead of alone," said 5th grader Shamil Ross.

Children all over the world began their journey on foot today for international walk to school day.

"Kids all over the world are walking to school on this day," said 5th Grader Jamaya Myers.

A day that has been sponsored by Safe Kids Savannah and FedEx for the past 12 years.

"The physical activity for them is great in the morning," Allison Gramza, Safe Kids Savannah. "It helps them pay attention in the day, not be as distracted and wake them up. It is better for the environment. You wont have as many cars and buses with their exhausts near the schools. It is safer, you wont have as many cars on the road."

It also gives parents a unique opportunity to bond with their children.

"We talked about safety and making sure they know what to do," said Parent Paul Bonano. "Usually they take the bus to school and making sure they look both ways before crossing the street."

Even Pooler Mayor Mike Lamb strapped on his sneakers to promote the day.

"Walking to school is good exercise," said Lamb. "It's also about safety for the kids."

Safe Kids Savannah hopes in the future more parents will step up and volunteer to host a walking school bus or bicycle train to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

"It's great to encourage kids to come out and get exercise," said Bobano.

Safe Kids Savannah, the Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center and FedEx sponsored the event. The month of October is safe kids walk to school month. Many schools plan on holding additional walk to school events throughout the month.

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