Students use leg power for Walk to School |

Students use leg power for Walk to School

Students of six Park City district schools walked, peddled, scootered and skipped to school Wednesday to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

Not everyone was able to walk the entire distance from home, so many students were bussed to a location near the school, and it was all on foot (or student-powered wheels from there).

Jake Vought, 11, a 5th grade student at McPolin Elementary School said he was able to walk from his home, a distance he thought was about a block from school. "It’s a really good idea," Vought said. "Everybody is cooped up in their houses a lot. Walking is kind of fun."

International Walk to School month is held in October. It is a world-wide event to tout the benefits of walking and to create communities that are safe places to walk.

Evan Russak, a member of Leadership Grade 12, walked with McPolin students.

Russak sees the need for people to be able to walk and ride around safely. "Part of the walk is we want drivers to be aware they have to share the road. If we can’t get people to drive the speed limit, we need better paths and trails," Russak said.

And better trails are under study by the Park City Municipal Corporation. The Trails Master Plan strives to create better community connectivity through more walkable, bikeable neighborhoods.

McPolin school councilor Hugo Mesa also believes that better paths and sidewalks would encourage students to walk, and make walking safer for them, but he also sees to it that kids know how to walk and ride safely. Mesa teaches pedestrian and bike safety to students at the beginning of the school year.

As students arrived at McPolin Elementary, Mesa handed out goodies packets, a reward for the students’ participation.

Participating schools included: McPolin Elementary, Treasure Mountain International Middle School, Parley’s Park Elementary, The Colby School, Park City Academy and Soaring Wings Montessori School.

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