Wally the Green Monster greets kids at the Sarah Greenwood School on Walk To School Day. (Shari Small/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- An estimated 3,500 Boston Public School students in grades K-8 walked to school Wednesday as part of the fourth annual Fall Walk To School Day.
The national program promotes walking, biking, and other forms of active transportation to and from school, with adults escorting groups of kids on their walk in.
Taya, a second-grader at Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester who walked Wednesday morning, told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Shari Small she wanted to walk to school more often now.
"Walking is healthier than just sitting down and riding a bus," she said.
Outside one school, students chanted "heads up, phones down," just one piece of the safety information given out to the students.
John Hanlin of Boston Public Schools said that active learners make better learners.
"We've got a close partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission and other partners who have helped to develop safe walking maps for many of our schools across the district," he said. "We're trying to promote that."
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports