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Beaverton gets outand walks to school

TIMES PHOTO BY JONATHAN HOUSE - U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici walks with students and parents to Ridgewood Elementary as part of International Walk to School Day.

This week, the “wheels on the bus” were little feet splashing through puddles.

On Wednesday, the city of Beaverton and the Beaverton School District marked International Walk to School Day. Elementary schoolers across the district were invited to gather with neighbors and community members to walk and bike to school.

Families gathered at multiple locations in their neighborhoods, where students formed a “Walking School Bus” and set out towards their schools, making “bus stops” along the way.

Students walking to Ridgewood Elementary School were joined by U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici.

TIMES PHOTO BY JONATHAN HOUSE - Students and their parents walk and ride to Ridgewood Elementary School as part of International Walk to School Day.

“Walking or biking to school with students is one of the best ways for kids to get outside every day and develop healthy habits,” said Bonamici.

Hundreds of students from 20 schools participated and celebrated with treats once they arrived at school.

As a part of its push to build a healthier community, the city of Beaverton is teaming up with the district to get families comfortable with safe walking routes in their areas.

“We must make sure children have safe routes to school,” said Bonamici. “National Walk to School Day helps students learn how to be safe on the way to school, and also raises awareness about the need for better sidewalks, bike paths, and roads in our communities.”