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Walk to School Day

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Student, parents, teachers and friends made a special effort to leave the cars behind on their way to school Wednesday.

A group rallied at the Elks Lodge on Lewis Avenue to mark International Walk to School Day. A librarian at Lewis and Clark Middle School spear-headed the group, which made the trip to the school by bike, wheelchair, and sneaker. The effort wasn't just good exercise. It was also a chance to highlight safe and accessible routes to school.

"The route that they took is along Lewis Avenue, which is a very busy street in the morning," says Elizabeth Waddington, who organized the event. "Today, we didn't have the sun glaring, but when the sun is glaring, drivers have a hard time on Lewis Avenue."

For this walk, the group also got a police escort to bring the drivers' attention. Waddington was also able to hand out several bike helmets to kids who didn't have them, and she says seven or eight student registered their bikes with the police database in case they are lost or stolen.

The students who took part made the most of the trek. "We thought, 'Oh, walk to school day! That'll be fun. We can bring the dog! And we had a real good time doing it," says Angus, a student at Lewis and Clark.