Hundreds of Treasure Valley students will walk to school today

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Hundreds of Treasure Valley students will walk to school today

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by Bonnie Shelton

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Posted on October 9, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 9 at 12:07 PM

BOISE -- Students in Idaho joined with schools around the world taking part in 'International Walk to School Day.'

The goal of the event is to get kids moving and teach them it's easy to incorporate exercise into daily life.

Organizers in the Treasure Valley told KTVB eight schools registered to take part, but they told us many other schools most likely encouraged students to walk as well.

"Kids need about 60 minutes more of activity every day. So, if we can do that by walking or riding to school or from school, it's a great benefit," said Lisa Brady, Treasure Valley YMCA safe routes to school coordinator.

She told us there's also an increased focus on safety this year because of an alarming number of crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists recently.

"We all need to take an extra minute to look. Look both ways and look again before we proceed whether you're a pedestrian or a cyclist or a car driver," said Brady.

Students at Horizon Elementary School in Boise bundled up and walked to school despite temperatures in the 30s Wednesday morning. Parents told us they used the event to talk with their children about safety.

"Look both ways, always remind them. Even when I'm with them, I make them look both ways and tell me when to go," said parent Nicole Thiede. She has two children at Horizon Elementary School.

Organizers ask that drivers be extra cautious throughout the day, especially in the morning and afternoon when students get out of class. Pay attention to speed limits in school zones and watch for signals from crossing guards.

There is also a 'Bike to School' day that takes place in the spring.

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