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Cherry Street Elementary Participates in National Walk to School Day

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Cherry Street Elementary Students took advantage of a beautiful morning as they walked to school for National Walk to School Day.

The school is nestled in the heart of one of Panama City's historic neighborhoods, The Cove.

"Cherry Street supports a large walking population. For a long time, this has been a good area for children to walk to school in," said Anna Garrett, teacher and parent liaison.

About 50 students and their parents ditched their normal ride to school and laced up their walking shoes.

The group walked down Cherry Street to the school, joining others across the country for National Walk to School Day.

"We want to promote a safe area and a safe way for children to get to school," said Garrett.

"We have to really talk about . . . looking both ways and when you ride your bike, being with somebody, and making sure you watch for cars," said Krissy Brown, who walked to school with her daughter Katie.

Panama City Police Officers escorted the families on Wednesday. However, for the other days, Garrett hopes the event will remind students of pedestrian safety.

"When they're crossing the street, they should always look both ways, and when they are near the school, there will be a crossing guard, and they should follow what that crossing guard says to do at all times."

While the annual walk promotes safety and exercise, it also brings a neighborhood together for a day of learning.

"We're such a neighborhood school. It's just nice that the neighborhood gets to be involved in our school today," said Brown.

Cherry Street Elementary Students plan to also participate in National Bike to School Day in May.

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