St. Francis students walk to school in a national health and environment event

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Students traded in a ride to school for a nice walk around the neighborhood.

Students at St. Francis School are taking part in National Walk to School Day.

The "Fire Up your Feet for Walk-tober" event encourages kids to get active, while learning something in the process.

By logging the miles they would travel each week by walking to school, kids learn how it translates into reduced CO2 emissions and saving money on gas.

"I think it's pretty cool, it get kids active and reduces pollution," said Ambroise Clark-Curutchague, 7th grade student.

"It can compile a greater connection how health and economy play into physical activity," said Zac Griffin, of Kern Active Transportation.

"I told the PE teacher that we should walk around the school for our mile, and he said, 'No, you've got to run it,'" said Haley Martin, a 7th grade student.

Kern County has a 60% obesity rate among 9th grade students.

National Walk to School Day began in 1997, and today involves thousands of students in 40 countries.

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