OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - They gathered at Greyhound Park, heard a little pep talk and then took off, some hand in hand, walking two blocks to school. Officials are hoping to instill a special message in their young charges.
Fran Fremin is the physical education teacher at the school.
"The importance of physical fitness and walking is a great lifetime skill, introducing these children to walking now. Hopefully, they'll keep it in their lives as they get older," Fremin explained.
The other message; make the walk to school safer in the future with a safety grant, according to Carolyn Martin, with the City of Ocean Springs.
"The grant is through MDOT. It's a safe route to school grant, and it's for those purposes. It can be infrastructure or non-infrastructure, and the application will be submitted in the spring," Martin said.
Pecan Park teachers even pounded the pavement, saying it was a great opportunity to show the students how wonderful a community the school has become.
Just looking at the childrens' faces, you can tell they had a lot of fun on this international walk to school day, but there was a deeper message here, especially for the parents who participated. One of them was Melissa Light.
"It's very important. I think the kids need to get out and have more exercise. There's too many sitting in the house today. So, we love it," Light said.
The youngsters loved it just as much. Just ask Devonte Harrison.
"It was good. It felt great, so I hope we can do it again sometime. I had fun with my friends," Devonte said.
Fun and fitness, with that combination, you can give these students an A plus for the day. This is the second year Pecan Park has participated in the walk.