La Crosse students participate in International Walk to School Day

Kids advised to put down electronic devices before crossing the street

Dozens of students in the School District of La Crosse participated in International Walk to School Day.

Students from Spence Elementary, Summit Environmental School, Hamilton-SOTA I, and Northside Elementary/Coulee Montessori walked to school in a big group Wednesday morning.

“I think I should do it a lot ‘cause it’s really fun and I can walk with my friends,” said 4th grader Khalil Coatts.

“It’s definitely a good activity because we want to get kids active,” said Safe Kids Coalition Coordinator Kim Lombard.  

Lombard said many students throughout La Crosse County walk to school in a group on a regular basis. They call these “Walking School Buses.”

“It’s important to teach them pedestrian safety, to teach them the rules of the road but also be advocates and make drivers aware that there are children walking and we need to watch out for kids,” Lombard said.

Kids are also taught to look both ways and to also put down their electronic devices before crossing the street.

La Crosse students participate in International Walk to School Day La Crosse students participate in International Walk to School DayLa Crosse students participate in International Walk to School Day