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Walking is the word
October 18, 2018 at 7:44 a.m.
Michelle Pereira holds her daughter Chelsea’s hand as they trudge up Upland Street toward King Street School on International Walk to School Day, which this year fell on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Chelsea is a kindergartner and they walked from King Street where they live. Over half of the elementary school’s 456 students made their way to school on foot on this day dedicated to teaching students the benefits of doing so.
Claudia Mandujano speaks with PTA volunteers Jeanine Tobin and Allison Gilbert as her son Daniel, a kindergartner, chooses a wrist band from the basket Gilbert is holding as a reward for walking all the way from Haseco Avenue. “He enjoyed it, but he’s tired now,” said his mom.
Felix Barreto poses with his children Isabella, a kindergartner, and her sister Valerie, 20 months, in front of a King Street School Walk-to-School Day sign attached to the fence on Upland Street before you round the corner and head into the school driveway. They walked six blocks from Husted Street.
Fanny Oliveros walks with her son Daniel, who is in first grade, up Upland Street to King Street School. They live on Maple Place but did not walk the whole way to school. Fanny parked on an adjacent street and they hoofed it the rest of the way.
Roary the King Street School mascot, played by alumnus Noah Rotfeld, now a ninth grader at Port Chester High School, high fives enthusiastic students after arriving at the school via a Brooksville Engine & Hose fire truck.
Rammy, the Port Chester High School mascot, played by alumnae Gianna Villanova, now a PCHS student, and Roary the King Street School mascot, played by alumnus Noah Rotfeld, now also a student at PCHS, lead a parade of officials, students and teachers around the King Street School driveway to give all pupils, even those who arrived by bus or otherwise couldn’t walk to school, some exercise. This workout followed a ceremony in which local, county and state officials presented proclamations and made remarks about the benefits of walking to school.
State Senator Shelley Mayer, at right, and County Legislator Nancy Barr are at the front of a group of students and teachers making their way around the King Street School driveway following a ceremony in which local, county and state officials presented proclamations and made remarks about the benefits of walking to school. This workout allowed all students, even those who arrived by bus or otherwise could not walk to school, to get some exercise.