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Kids take part in Walk/Bike to School Day

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Toki Middle School kids are walking a mile in the shoes of their fellow classmates who walk to school every day, to celebrate International Walk/Bike to School Day.

"I think it'll be cool because it'll help other kids know what it's like to walk to school," Lilly, a student who walks to school, said.

It takes Lilly about 10 minutes to walk to school. For some of their other classmates, it can take up to 20 minutes. Though, they say they enjoy the walk.

"It kind of wakes me up walking that far to school," Amiyah said.

Kids say it benefits parents too.

"They like that they don't have to drop me off and that they don't have to get up in the morning," Leo, a middle school student who walks to the bus, said.

For teachers, Walk to School Day is about teaching kids to stay safe.  

"I've seen kids run diagonally across busy intersections because they think they can make it across before the cars get there and they don't want to wait for the light," said Chandra Anderson, a Toki Middle School physical education teacher.

"I think these kids are in that fast paced society where they're trying to get places real quick, and they don't usually think of safety right off the bat," Andrew Sharp, a Toki Middle School physical education teacher.

Teachers also say it helps kids pay attention in class.

"The more physical activity you participate in, the more brain cells it stimulates. It wakes up your body. You get more energy in the rest of your body, and you are able to concentrate more in class," Anderson said.

Crossing guards say kids should remember to use cross walks, look both ways, and when they get to a busy intersection stay behind the red line until a crossing guard gives the "OK."

"One other thing that's very important is that parents make sure their kids leave for school on time. There are children frequently coming to school after crossing guards have finished their shift, and it places those children at additional risk from traffic," said crossing guard Mark Evans.

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