REED CITY – While the rainy weather Wednesday morning canceled G.T. Norman Elementary School’s “Walk to School” day, it didn’t stop students and staff from starting the day off with some exercise.

Instead of walking from the elementary school to the high school track and back as planned, all 700 students, teachers, parents and other community members walked laps around the school. Students, who also participated in Pajama Day on Wednesday as part of the Homecoming Week celebration, were treated to a healthy snack in their classrooms afterward.

“I wish we could have been outside, ... but despite the weather, I thought the kids did a great job,” said principal Tonya Harrison. “They were having fun, singing and dancing through the halls and holding hands. I think it was a good unifier for us.”

Harrison thanked teacher Vicky Bowman for organizing the event, teachers for giving up part of their classroom time and parents who volunteered to walk with the students.

“Walk to School Day” is an annual event that includes 4,000 walk around the U.S. and in 40 different countries. The goal is to draw awareness to safe walking routes to schools and teach students about the health benefits of physical activity. G.T. Norman holds monthly all-school walks.

“(I liked) dancing and having fun with my friends,” said third grader Brady Sunderlin. “(It’s important to exercise) so you can stay healthy and not be sick all the time.”

Visit the photo gallery to see more photos from the all-school walk.

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