Stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in Walk to School Day

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In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day is a fun way to cel­e­brate ex­er­cise and safe walk­ing habits for chil­dren.

EAST WHITELAND >> In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Day is a fun way to cel­e­brate walk­ing to school, ex­er­cise, and to ed­u­cate safe walk­ing habits for chil­dren.

This year, TMACC part­nered with the Ch­ester County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, Safe Kids Ch­ester County, and the Ch­ester County Health De­part­ment to help two Ch­ester County Ele­men­tary Schools host the event.

West Vin­cent Ele­men­tary School and St. Pa­trick School of Malvern both par­tic­i­pated on Walk to School Day on Oct. 5 for the third year in a row.

In to­tal, they had over 300 stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in the walk.

“It’s al­ways fun to gather the stu­dents and their par­ents to par­tic­i­pate in Walk to School Day,” said West Vin­cent Ele­men­tary Prin­ci­pal Ed Smith. “It gives the stu­dents time be­fore school to catch up with friends and en­joy some ex­er­cise. We al­ways look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing the day.”

The Trans­porta­tion Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Ch­ester County (TMACC), which or­ga­nizes the event in Ch­ester County each year, thinks it’s a great way to show stu­dents there is a health­ier and fun op­tion to trav­el­ing to school that doesn’t in­clude us­ing a car.

“Walk­ing to school pro­motes a car-free life­style,” said Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor P. Tim­o­thy Phelps of TMACC.

“We want to raise th­ese chil­dren on new, health­ier habits than what we are teach­ing them now, and that is to drive ev­ery­where even if your des­ti­na­tion is close. We’re hop­ing Walk to School Day en­cour­ages at least one child’s view on walk­ing as a form of trans­porta­tion.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Ch­ester County District At­tor­ney Tom Ho­gan and Malvern Chief of Po­lice Louis Mar­celli with two stu­dents from St. Pa­trick School in Malvern.

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