Lowcountry students take part in Walk to School Day

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Students throughout the Lowcountry walked to school Wednesday morning as part of a national initiative to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

Schools taking part in National Walk to School Day gave students the chance to walk or bike to school from a predetermined location that is near the school.

For Joe Pye Elementary, this is the first year the school took part in the national event.

Assistant Principal Rachel Van Damme says studies show that kids who are healthy do better in school, and this event will get students going in the right direction.

"The whole purpose of this day is to raise for health and wellness, to get kids pumped about being physically fit," said Van Damme.

Brayden Richardson, a 5th grader at Joe Pye, says this morning's walk was about more than just having fun with his friends.

"We went on the walk to build our lungs and our hearts, and to get your brain moving so you won't be like 'blah' all day," Richardson said.

The students weren't the only ones walking, as parents and teachers joined in on the fun, too.

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