McKinley-Brighton Students Celebrate 5th Annual Walk to School Day

     Published on 10/9/15   Tagged under:    District News    McKinley-Brighton Elementary School   

“What are you going to do when you get to a curb?” a Safe Kids staff member asked a cafeteria full of students at McKinley-Brighton.
 
“STOP!” came the students’ resounding reply.
 
As part of the school’s fifth annual celebration of International Walk to School Day, students first participated in a pep rally where staff from Safe Kids, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Fed Ex and the Syracuse Police Department reminded them of safety tips and rules for walking to school.
 
Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler reminded students to tell their parents where they are going, then to proceed directly to their destination. He also encouraged students to keep a look out and listen for cars and any other dangers. “This is important,” he explained. “We need to teach them young!”
 
“We had a great event at McKinley-Brighton,” said Elizabeth Sapio, the Upstate NY Coalition Coordinator for Safe Kids. “Every day, 44 children get hit by a car in the United States. By walking with students on International Walk to School Day, we can show them how to walk safely.”
 
With more than half of the students at McKinley-Brighton walking to school each day, the Walk to School Day celebration was also intended to promote the benefits of physical activity and nutrition.
 
“We walked around to be healthy and exercise to get our hearts to beat faster,” fifth grader Malayshia Bonner said. “We also learned to look left-right-left, stay on the sidewalks and stop at the end of the street.”
 
While older students were well-versed in these safety rules, younger students enjoyed an opportunity for reinforcement when staff read them “Clifford Walks to School.”
 
And for some, the message was larger than just health and safety. “The walk taught us to get to school safely by following the rules,” fifth grader Armond Sampson said as he led a first grader back to school. “But I also learned that being nice and helping other students is the best thing to do.”
 
Thank you to all who took part in International Walk to School Day!

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