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CCSD Celebrates National Walk to School Day

Teachers, students and South Metro firefighters at Heritage Elementary on Oct. 6.It’s hard to get a true sense of one’s community from the driver’s seat of a car.

One of many benefits of taking part in National Walk to School Day is getting a true sense of one’s surroundings and taking an active role in one’s neighborhood. A step as seemingly simple as walking to school can have a big impact, according to Heritage Elementary School physical education teacher Cecilia Sanford. She spoke about how the school’s observation of the national holiday on Oct. 6 had impacts that reached far beyond the walls of the school.

“This is about building relationships. It’s a way for our students and parents to meet their neighbors. It’s a way for new families to feel like they’re part of this neighborhood,” Sanford said, adding that building ties with residents around the school is just one of the perks of the day. She spoke at the beginning of the school day, as several students arrived with their parents after a walk from their homes. “It helps create a sustainable environment. It’s a way to get exercise. Walking to school can offer many benefits.”

Heritage was just one of many schools in CCSD to take part in the annual event, which seeks to encourage and build positive behaviors for students and parents alike. At Heritage, representatives from the South Metro Fire and Rescue district were also on hand outside of the school before classes kicked off to greet and encourage those making the walk to school. The Colorado Department of Transportation sponsored Walk to School Day events around Colorado, and provided Heritage with stickers and other resources to encourage participation.

The Heritage Walk to School Day celebration also ran in conjunction with the school’s canned food drive, which saw students contributing resources to an important and pressing community cause. All told, Oct. 6 offered the entire community several ways to exert a positive impact on their peers, friends and neighbors, all while enjoying the atmosphere and ambience of a beautiful fall day.

“It’s so special to see all the faces of the families walking together and sharing their morning,” Sanford said.

-- Posted 10/7/21 at 2 PM