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Students Celebrate Walk to School Day on Wednesday

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Lincoln Elementary along with several other schools across the nation are celebrating Walk to School Day on Wednesday.

The day is part of "Walktober," a month dedicated to promoting a healthier lifestyle for kids as well as safety on the sidewalk.

Lincoln Elementary is partnering with Benton Franklin Health District to celebrate the day. Kids will gather at the Mid-Columbia Library parking lot. Kadlec will give kids drawstring bags and Safe Kids Benton-Franklin will give kids reflective tags. 

Volunteers from the Kennewick Police Department and Kamiakin High School leadership students will be walking with students from the Mid-Columbia Library to school. 

The school was hoping to get 150 participants but by the time the walk started they estimated they had at least 250 between students and parents.

"If you're in that walk zone then yea (you should) be walking to school, it's healthy, get that fresh air in your brain, start your day off better, just lots and lots of reasons," said Denise Hogg, Lincoln Elementary.

According to the Benton-Franklin Health District kids that walk to school perform better academically because they're getting more exercise and living a healthier overall lifestyle. They also encourage kids to ride their bikes to school as an alternative if they're not within walking distance.