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Joplin Schools escort student walks for National Walk to School Day

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Wednesday is National Walk to School Day and some Four State schools organized escorted walks for students, encouraging them to get out and get active.

Teachers and volunteers worked with students at Soaring Heights Elementary in Duenweg, Missouri, focusing on the importance of both exercise and safety.

"We want to teach the kids that it's good to be on their bicycles and it's good to walk but we also want to teach them how to be safe while we are doing that," says Kevin Theilen, the Safe Kids Coordinator from The Alliance of Southwest Missouri.

"You have to walk on the sidewalk because that's kind of like the safest place, and whenever you get your driver's license, you don't play on your phone or anything, or mess with the radio," says second grade student Skylar Low.

Families who live farther away from school are encouraged to drive part way, park, and have parents walk with their kids the rest of the way.
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