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KES students joined thousands walking to school, Oct. 9

KILLINGTON - On Oct. 9, Killington Elementary School joined thousands of schools worldwide to celebrate International Walk to School Day. In total, 52 schools in Vermont, more than 3,800 schools in the nation and schools in 40 countries participated.

Killington Elementary students enjoyed walking to school on the chilly morning. They were accompanied by parents, the school principal, a representative of the Killington Active Seniors, a town selectman and the Police Chief.

Last fall Killington Elementary joined the Vermont chapter of the nationwide Safe Routes to School Program. The School Board, KEEPERS parent's group, school staff, Police Chief, Town of Killington and State Resource Center have been involved in the program from the start.  Thanks to their support and fantastic participation in Safe Routes to School events, Killington Elementary recently achieved the Silver partnership level.

To continue improving the program, the school has been working on a Travel Plan that addresses education, encouragement, enforcement, engineering and evaluation.  

Many thanks to all organizations, parents, staff and most of all students for making the celebration walk a reality. Thanks also to Beth and Peter Hike and the students for creating the artistic Walking School Bus! For more info visit the school's website www.kesvt.org.    
Betsey Bianchi is KES's Safe Routes to School Parent Champion.

Photo by Kim Gaines
Nearly two dozen students and chaperones walked to KES, Oct. 9.