This year was the 20th annual International Walk to School Day, and students at Patterson Elementary School celebrated in style.
“We’re walking to school, so we’re here at our school, at the clubhouse by our school and we’re walking from the clubhouse to our school, which is Patterson Elementary,” said Quinn, a fifth grader at Patterson.
Before making their way to class, students got to hang out with members of the Naperville Police Department, the Warrenville Fire Department and even Pete the Prairie Dog, Patterson’s mascot.
Then it was time to walk to school.
“The reason why we do this is because it decreases pollution, decreases traffic around school, healthy to walk versus ride in the car, and teaches safe walking habits,” said Michele Soper, Chair of Patterson’s Health and Safety Month.
The day also promotes the need for safe, walkable routes to school.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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