Nashville students participate in Walk to School Day - WKRN News 2

Nashville students participate in Walk to School Day

Posted: Updated: Oct 3, 2012 11:58 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Thousands of kids all over the city missed the bus Wednesday morning, on purpose.

School districts around Middle Tennessee took part in "Walk to School Day," an international effort to get kids moving.

Fifty-eight schools and approximately 10,000 kids participated in Metro Nashville.

Cole Elementary was chosen as the lead school for Walk to School Nashville.

Students, teachers and parents, along with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and other city leaders, walked for about 15 minutes from William A. Pitts Park to the school.

"You need people talking about [fitness], thinking about it, consciously getting exercise, and eating better," the mayor said.

School administrators were happy to have the mayor's ear.

"Our students would like to walk to school, but they just don't have a safe place to walk," said Chad High, the principal of Cole Elementary.  "Hopefully, during this walk to school, [city leaders] will look around and say, 'Hey, we need some sidewalks.'"

According to Walkscore.com, of the 50 largest cities in the country, Nashville was deemed the 36th most walkable city.

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