D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of D'Iberville students and parents are taking part in a national campaign to get up, get out, and get moving. October 3 is International Walk to School Day. It's a day set aside to promote a safer, cleaner, and healthier way to get to school. An event in D'Iberville Wednesday morning attracted quite a large crowd.
At 7:00 a.m., hundreds of people gathered at Rudy Moran Park. On this day, busses and cars took a back seat. The students from D'Iberville Middle School wanted to use their feet instead.
"We participate in this operation each year to raise awareness of how good it is for you to be able to walk to school," said Principal Dean Scarbrough.
After a quick pep talk from the principal, it was time to pound the pavement.
"Let's walk to school!" Harrison County Supervisor Windy Swetman shouted as he led the way.
Students, teachers, parents, and community leaders all marched along Lamey Bridge Road to celebrate International Walk to School Day.
"It felt great! It was cool out here this morning, and it was a great way to start the day," said Anita Yarbrough, whose daughter attends D'Iberville Middle School.
"It's our first time, but it won't be our last though. We really enjoyed it," said her husband Lee Yarbrough.
"We had a blast. It was little bit tiring, but we're good. We're excited that we got to walk to school today," said eighth grader Bayleigh Chambless.
"Whoo, whoo! DMS go!" one teacher chanted as she walked by.
The goal behind the annual walk was to push for safer routes to school. D'Iberville Middle School is trying to get a grant to build more sidewalks around the campus.
"Raise the awareness of we need sidewalks so it's safer for them," said eighth grader Natalie King.
"Come on gang, let's go! You're at the finish line," Swetman told the group.
One mile later, they reached their destination. They walked away from the experience knowing they helped promote physical fitness, less traffic congestion, and stronger bonds between the school and families.
"Because it's just one way we can make healthy memories with our kids that will last them a lifetime," said Anita Yarbrough.
It was D'Iberville Middle School's fourth year participating in Walk to School Day, and the principal said the turnout gets bigger every year.