For more than 100 Warder Elementary students, the morning of Oct. 2 marked a change in routine as they got out of bed, skipped the usual homemade breakfast and headed out to Robby Ferrufino Park, …
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For more than 100 Warder Elementary students, the morning of Oct. 2 marked a change in routine as they got out of bed, skipped the usual homemade breakfast and headed out to Robby Ferrufino Park, where classmates were gathered for National Walk to School Day. Schools across the country participate in the annual event, which encourages school communities to walk to school together on the first Wednesday of October.
For the second year in a row, the sky was overcast and light rain was falling when the students got to the park at 7:15 a.m. But that didn't stop families from showing up, with the event attracting an even bigger crowd than expected, said principal Matt Hilbert.
“We have around 150 usually, but I'd project we had a lot more than that this year,” he said. “Warder just has this community unlike any other school. This is one way for us to continue to build our community, and we're also promoting a healthy lifestyle.”
The event was organized by the PTA and other parents, with partners in the community donating food for the student breakfast after the event. As per tradition, employees from the Arvada Police Department and Arvada Fire Protection District also joined in, interacting with students and working to keep them safe as they crossed each street.
For the students, there was a long list of memorable moments and favorite parts of Walk to School Day: seeing friends, the special breakfast, watching the leaves change color and, for kindergarteners Kaylee and Carson Sewald, taking pictures during the walk.
Having experienced Walk to School Day for the first time this year, the Sewalds said they hope to be a part of the tradition for years to come.
“My favorite part (of the day) was walking to school and taking pictures because it's so fun,” Carson said. “I love my school.”
Dad Clay Sewald agreed.
“It's a chance for everybody to get to know each other and be social,” he said. “It develops a strength within the community here at the school.”
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