Valley school expands 'Walk to School' program

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BROADWAY, Va. (WHSV) -- John C. Myers Elementary School is expanding its walk to school program, in which dozens of children walk to school every month.

On May 1, more than 100 children hit the streets to walk to the Broadway elementary school. According to Assistant Principal Tammy May, that's up from about 50 students in April.

Bus driver Tim Martin helped to start the program this year with the help of a PE teacher, the school and the Safe Routes to School Initiative.

"It was a blast, these are good kids," said Martin who drives the route where the kids walk. "It's just good exercise. We live in a generation of video games... and kids tend to sit quite a bit, so just to get them out and get some exercise, have fun while doing it, (then) maybe they'll say 'Hey mom and dad, let's go for a walk tonight.'"

The national Safe Routes to School program was created in 2005 to improve safety on walking and bicycling routes to school and to encourage families to use those methods to get to school.

Later this month, students across the country will be riding to school as well, for National Bike to School Day.

Assistant Principal Tammy May says there will be one more Walk to School Day of the year in June, and they could have just as many children then as they did for May.