Students of all ages from Skaneateles joined thousands of others across America by walking to school on Wednesday, Oct. 6, on International Walk to School Day.
The one-day event was organized by the Skaneateles Elementary PTC and parent Jessica Millman as part of an international effort to encourage more families to consider getting out of the car and onto their feet on the way to school.
"Wow! The numbers of walkers this morning truly exceeded all my wildest expectations," Millman said in an email to the "Eco Team members" of the PTC who helped with make the day happen. "I believe our First Annual Walk to School Day was an unqualified success."
Millman said people walked from the far reaches of the village. In addition, some parents drove in and parked elsewhere in the village in order to walk. The bus drivers couldn't believe how empty the buses were, she said.
"I hope that after the wonderful experience today, more parents and children will opt to walk to school on a regular basis. This morning, we experienced the best of Skaneateles with parents and kids walking, talking and enjoying our safe and pleasant walkable environment," Millman said.
"One of my favorite holidays in Skaneateles is Halloween, in large part due to the throngs of happy children walking through the Village. With all the kids on State Street, East Elizabeth Street and East Street, this morning provided a delightful preview of October 31st," Millman said.
Walking and rolling to school also embodies two main goals of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign: to increase kids' physical activity and to empower parents to make these kinds of healthy choices.
Waterman Principal Marianne Young said she heard parents saying they would walk with their children to school more often.
Also in honor of the day, Waterman School had a Walk for Wellness in the morning and in the afternoon. The nice day permitted children and teachers to get out side and walk around the school.