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3,000 Beach Cities Kids Walk to School

Oct 02, 2019 01:31PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Nearly 3,000 students from 14 elementary schools across Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach chose kid-power over horsepower early Wednesday morning as part of Beach Cities Health District's International Walk to School Day events.

At Pennekamp Elementary School, Beach Cities Health District CEO Tom Bakaly, Manhattan Beach Mayor Nancy Hersman, Pennekamp Principal Karina Gerger, and MBUSD Superintendent Mike Matthews joined 120 students and families for the Walk to School Day celebration.

Manhattan Beach students and students from other beach cities walk on a weekly basis as part of BCHD’s “Walking School Bus” and “Walking Wednesdays” programs.

BCHD’s Walking School Bus program rolled into elementary schools in the beach cities in 2011. The program is held in partnership with the Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Hermosa Beach City School District, and Redondo Beach Unified School District.

Recently, the program expanded to include “Walking Wednesdays,” an initiative encouraging parents to walk with their children to school at least once a week.

Kids in the programs log thousands of miles, save unnecessary car trips and burn excess calories. Walking to school also allows students to gain valuable social connection and interaction with their peers.

Of course, the "engines" of the Walking School Bus are the parent volunteers who safely guide children to school each morning along designated routes.

For more information on BCHD’s walk-to-school programming, visit bchd.org/schools.

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