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CT students take part in international Walk to School Day

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Orchard Hill Elementary School students participate in International Walk to School Day. (WFSB) Orchard Hill Elementary School students participate in International Walk to School Day. (WFSB)
SOUTH WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) -

A few hundred kids from an elementary school in South Windsor skipped the bus on Wednesday morning and walked to school in support of an international event.

The morning stroll was part of international Walk to School Day. Thirty-five schools across the state are participating in the event on Wednesday's.

"It's a good way to get some exercise before they start their day, so it kind of gets that blood flowing and gets them ready to start learning," Orchard Hill Elementary School Principal Michael Tortora said. 

Tortora said their students have been doing it for ten years. The kids walk to school from designated stops about half-a-mile away.

"I think it's going to be exciting cause I can see some friends that are in other classessecond grader Nevinna Gravseth-Roman said. "And I could also meet some new people." 

There are about 300 Orchard Hill students that walked to school and they told Eyewintess News they were excited about the morning stroll. However, school officials said Wednesday's walk was not only about fun, but about safety. 

"We've had a lot of safety improvements around our campus,” Tortora said. We've had raised crosswalks, sidewalk ramps, increased signage and just making it a safe and viable option for kids to walk and bike to school."

The global event began in 1997. Next year's date has already been set for Oct. 5.

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