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Gering students hit the pavement for National Walk to School Day

October 11, 2018

GERING — Students strapped on their backpacks and tied up their shoelaces to participate in an international movement where students walk to school.

Oct. 10 is National Walk to School Day and students, parents and faculty at Lincoln Elementary, along with Western Nebraska Community College softball and baseball players, celebrated by walking around Lincoln Elementary’s perimeter.

Third-grader Vincent Bravo said he thought the walk was good, but it was cold. He said what he likes the most about walking is that “you get fresh air and you don’t have to go inside and get really hot.”

Following Wednesday morning’s walk, students and faculty congregated in the gym for an assembly. Since this year’s theme was being college and career ready, WNCC students on the baseball and softball teams spoke about their majors as well as the importance of exercise.

“We all did a lap around the school today and that was important because it got our blood moving,” said WNCC softball player Reagan Solomon. “Now, since our blood is moving, that helps our minds be more awake. It is also super important because it helps us be healthy and be stronger by helping our immune system and body be happier.”

Gering Mayor Tony Kaufman also participated in the walk and read the official proclamation that Oct. 10 is National Walk to School Day.

“Being fit and exercising and walkable communities and safe communities is extremely important in the city of Gering and so I was happy to join you today on your laps around the school,” he said.

According to the Walk & Bike to School website, it was the 22nd annual National Walk to School Day. The event also coincides with International Walk to School Day, which involves communities from over 40 countries biking or walking to school. It began in 1997 as a one-day event and has grown into a lifestyle of teaching youth about pedestrian safety, especially for students walking to and from school. The day also focuses on health, community and environmental benefits of living an active lifestyle.

Third-grader Adison Batt also participated and said walking before school gets her energy pumped up.

The school estimated at least 75 adults and 317 kids participated. Students who participated in the walk received temporary tattoos. The school will continue to have Walking Wednesdays throughout the school year.

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