Students from ditched the school bus Wednesday for a walk to school with parents, teachers and troopers from Mansfield’s Resident State Trooper’s Office.
The half-mile outing began at Holinko Estates on Zygmunt Drive and ended at the playgrounds of Goodwin.
The event was designed to promote the district’s 9-5-2-1-0 for Health Campaign, emphasizing the need for a healthy lifestyle, Anne Wiant-Rudd, RN at Goodwin said.
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“It’s a fun way for the kids to get some exercise and think about being outside,” Wiant-Rudd said.
Mansfield Troopers plan to use the walks to help educate students on pedestrian safety and safer routes for walking and biking in the community, Mansfield Resident State Trooper Joshua Woodward said.
Troopers will take the organized walk with students every Wednesday this May, Sgt. Richard Cournoyer, of Mansfield’s Resident State Trooper’s Office said.
“We want to reach out to all of the schools and interact with the students,” Cournoyer said. “We think it’s best to talk with the kids in an unofficial capacity,” he said. “We learn from them as they learn from us.”