International Walk to School Day was October 8, and Activate Buffalo County, through Safe Routes to School, helped four schools host events to celebrate the occasion.

Walkers, cyclists, pets, and all types of pedestrians filled the sidewalks in the chilly morning. The echoes of the Kearney High School drumline greeted walkers at Northeast Elementary.

Parents, teachers, and local news outlets snapped away on phones and cameras, capturing some great pictures and video.

Participation rates were amazing, too. Park Elementary had 47% of its students participate. Kenwood Elementary had 55%. Northeast Elementary had 79%. And Windy Hills Elementary had 81%. We are super excited about these numbers and hope the students will keep it up and walk to school every day! (We have programs in several schools to help make sure they do!)

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