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Norwalk Kids Try Walking to School

NORWALK, Conn. — Some Fox Run Elementary School students had a special escort Wednesday morning, as State Sen. Bob Duff and Mayor Richard Moccia walked groups of them to school.

Jen Montanari, president of the school's PTO, organized the event, a participation in International Walk to School Day . Students met at either the Dolce Conference Center or St. Mathews Church and formed a group to walk to school together. Some parents dropped off their children, who walked with friends, and some parents stayed and walked with their children, Montanari said. Duff led the kids from Dolce, and Moccia led the kids from the church.

"It went really well, we had a lot of kids walking from both locations," Montanari said. About 100 children, about 30 percent of the student body, walked to school. It's the first year Fox Run participated in event, which Montanari said promoted fitness and stewardship of the environment

Moccia said by e-mail that the weather helped make it nice. "It was a beautiful fall day and talking and meeting with parents and kids in this setting was different," he said. "Many of the adults, myself included, talked about their memories growing up and how they walked to school and met friends along the way. We all realize that today, given the changes in lifestyle and less of the neighborhood schools, that it is not always possible but it would be nice to do the walk more often."

Duff agreed it was fun. He said, "Hopefully, this will raise awareness for safe routes to schools, which include bike lanes and improved sidewalks."

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