Hundreds participate in Walk to School Day

Students participate in national Walk to School Day (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – More than a hundred students used the crosswalk this morning to get to school instead of riding in a car or bus.

If you noticed more kids out than usual this morning, it’s because Wednesday is national Walk to School Day.

Rowen Craig is a fifth grader at Ruskin PK-8, this year was her first time working as a safety patrol student.

“We tell them when to stop, we tell them, to stay in the lines. We tell them not go that way and to go that way without someone crossing with them,” said Craig.

Making sure her classmates get to school by foot safely.

Jessica Saunders with Dayton Children’s Hospital says it’s a lesson she practices as mother herself.

“I have a four and a half-year old. So, she is just learning some of the basics of pedestrian safety, but I am amazed even at that age that she understands she needs to walk in the crosswalk, she needs to look both ways and shouldn’t dart out in front of cars,” said Saunders.

Ruskin principal Judy Spurlock says it’s also a good reminder for parents and their kids to stay healthy.

“We want children to be active, not only for summer, but throughout the year too and walking to school is a great way to promote that,” said Spurlock.

Both Judy and Jessica agree  safety is essential. 44 kids are hit by a car every day, according to the World Health Organization. It’s not just up to the students, drivers need to be responsible too.

“As were out and about on our phones, texting when we shouldn’t be texting, it’s really important to realize that there is children that are walking after school, before school, in the evening and so much of pedestrian safety has to be on the drivers” said Saunders.

National Walk-to-School day started in 1997 and has been a tradition for many districts across the country ever since.

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