Stop The Presses! Kids Walk To School!

If you were anywhere near Kings Highway Elementary School this morning, you saw an unusual sight:

Kids walking to school.

Ella Turner and Silvia Snow enjoy the fall sunlight.

The newsworthy activity comes courtesy of International Walk to School Day. Begun in 1997, it’s now a movement in over 40 countries. Students (and teachers!) walk and bike to school on the same day. The goal is to highlight the need for safe routes.

This is the 4th year Kings Highway has participated.

First Selectman Jim Marpe joined welcomed the crowd — and gave a shoutout to Officer Ned Batlin, who kept everyone safe.

On a perfect fall day, over 200 youngsters took part.

And, of course — this being 2017 — everyone who walked to school got a certificate.

Micah Turner shows off his reward.

12 responses to “Stop The Presses! Kids Walk To School!

  1. Lauren Turner

    Thanks for sharing this special KHS activity!

  2. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    I love it!

  3. Used to be, everyone within a Mile walked… I can prove I walked to Long Lots, in the snow, Uphill, Both Ways… I also had walked earlier in life to Kings Highway, before we moved across town of course. That walk was mostly flat, though. But, along the Post Road.

  4. Joyce Bottone

    Living on riverside I noticed a few children walking. What a nice sight. Plus the town was busy cutting back all the overgrown greens on the sidewalk. My girlfriend and I used to walk our children to school (KHS) in the early 2000. Have great memories of those days. Wish more people would take advantage of those sidewalks.

  5. Susan Iseman

    Good for these kids! Back in the ’50’s & 60’s, my siblings, cousins, & I walked to school on our city sidewalks. The way home was up steep hills, in all kinds of weather. We dreamt of the days when there would be moving sidewalks, as featured on TV shows like The Jetsons. Still waiting for them… I wonder what today’s children imagine?

  6. It’s so much fun for the kids to see you covering events like this. Thank you, Dan, for being such a constant presence, and providing such a consistent lens, for our community!

  7. Nancy Hunter

    Every aspect of this post is baffling.

  8. Peter Barlow

    Do kids ride bicycles to school anymore? I rode a bike to school from the 4th grade on. By the senior year my English Raleigh was pretty lonely out by the wall at the old Staples.

  9. When I was a kid, we walked to Burr Farms. In the snow. Uphill. Both ways. (Rimshot)

  10. There are still many kids who walk and ride their bikes to Long Lots!

  11. Ineke Van Wijngaarden

    Isn’t it too funny that you get a certificate for walking…….. to school?