PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Students at Thomas A. Edison School were greeted at the door with smiles and prizes Wednesday as the community celebrated International Walk to School Day.
About 100 students at Edison participated in the event. Teachers, parents, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, Sen. George Latimer and Trustee Gene Ceccarelli stood at the door and welcomed each student to school and presented them with pencils and stickers as thanks for taking part.
Schools all around Westchester participated in the annual event, which was started to raise awareness of the importance of safe routes for kids to walk and bike to school.
The event also emphasizes the importance of issues such as physical activity for children, pedestrian safety and concern for the environment. Last year more than 4,000 schools in 40 countries took part in International Walk to School Day. The Thomas A. Edison School event was organized by the PTO, which is part of the Safe Route to School program.