(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–More than 23,000 students from more than 60 Clark County Schools got some fresh air, exercise first thing Wednesday. They were part of the annual Nevada Moves Day event, sponsored by the state Department of Transportation, aiming to increase physical activity and reduce traffic congestion.
Parents were encouraged to go along for the ride, er, walk. They were hiking and biking to school to promote the benefits of walkable communities.
There’s a safety element too, as the kids practiced pedestrian safety.
“We go out and do these education programs with the kids and we tell em ‘this is where to cross’ , and I’ve actually seen kids say to their parents ‘no, no we cant cross here, we use the crosswalk’, and parents respond ‘c’mon, lets just hurry across the road’. We really need our parents to take the time to listen to the kids. The kids are telling them the right thing to do”, said Sherie Moore, the CCSD ‘safe routes to school’ coordinator. She was interviewed by Dayna and Joe on Las Vegas’ Morning News Wednesday.
Moore says the Get Nevada Moving Day actually inspires parents to “see how much fun the kids have walking to and from school.” She added that the physical activity is all-the-more needed since many physical education programs in our schools have been cut back.