Despite the rainy conditions lots of kids decided to forgo the car and walk to school Wednesday morning. Venable Elementary School in Charlottesville is one of many schools across the state that participated in national Walk to School Day.
Richmond-based nonprofit Prevention Connections funded 50 Walk to School Day events at schools across Virginia Wednesday. The project aims to help fight childhood obesity. Walk to School Day events aim to promote increased physical activity among school children, as well as to create sustainable changes to support yearlong walking and biking routes to school.
Venable students started their trek from Central Battery Specialists, about five blocks from the school.
This is the first time Venable participated in Walk to School Day. Students at Burnley Moran Elementary School also took part. Several schools in Waynesboro, including Berkeley Glenn Elementary, Kate Collins Elementary, Wenonah Elementary, and William Perry Elementary School, also participated.