Hoping to encourage kids to get more exercise through the most obvious way, Holtville’s public safety agencies held Walk To School Day events earlier this week.
“You should be exercising an hour a day,” Fire Chief Alex Silva told the dozens of children gathered on the basketball courts at Samaha Field that first morning on Monday. With a few warm up exercises and the walk to Finley Elementary School or Holtville Middle School, the kids were able to accomplish half that goal before they ever got to campus.
As an incentive to increase participation, the classroom that had the most students take part will soon be having a pizza party. Each of the three mornings also had a theme.
Monday was Superhero Day, where students and even some school teachers and staffers dressed as their favorite crime fighters. Tuesday was Crazy Hair Day, with some wild styles sticking out everywhere in the crowd. Wednesday capped off the short week, with green and gold clothing in abundance on School Spirit Day.
There were only a few kindergartners taking part, and just a few more first graders. But second, third, fourth and fifth grades were well represented. A few middle schoolers participated as well.
This was the eighth year running that the fire department and sheriff’s office have sponsored the Walk To School Day. After the basic exercises, students walked to school in smaller groups by grade level, with deputies and firefighters helping teachers escort them. Talking and interacting with law enforcement officers and firefighters also helps humanize them to children.