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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Sidewalks were dotted with more groups of parents and school children than usual Wednesday morning as they took to the streets for national Walk To School Day.
Walk To School Day promotes a healthier lifestyle for children while also fostering the idea of alternative modes of transportation in the nation's youth, the National Center For Safe Routes To School said.
To thank those on wheels or on foot Wednesday morning, Lane Transit District's Point-To-Point handed out goodies to some of those making the trek to school.
"We're out here handing out breakfast, coffee, juices to anyone who uses the EWEB path," said Cody Franz of Point To Point.
So we asked kids on their way to school, just how important is exercise?
"It gives you a lot of energy and stuff for running!" said Emily Berry, a student in Springfield.
"It makes your legs and your arms stronger," added classmate Sophia Cummings.
Point-To-Point's tent off Debra Street also handed out safety maps similar to the ones that can be found online at Smart Trips Springfield.
"They show where there's sidewalks and paths they can walk on so they can safely get to school by walking or biking," said Franz.