Students from about 24 schools across York County took to the streets Wednesday morning for the annual “Walk-to-School” Day, a national event for children, teachers and parents.
For students at Rock Hill’s Rosewood Elementary International School, Wednesday’s walk was even more memorable – the S.C. Department of Transportation announced the school will receive a grant to improve sidewalks and bike lanes to the school, located at 2240 Rosewood Drive, off Celanese Road.
Principal Stephanie DiStasio said Wednesday’s walk was important as Rosewood is a neighborhood school. The school wants to increase the number of students who walk or bike to school. Last year, about 40 students walked or biked, she said.
Walking to school is important as it keeps students fit, DiStasio said.
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Rosewood also is an international school where the French language is taught. As part of the students’ studies they will look at how students in other areas of the world get to their schools, DiStasio said.
Wednesday’s walk was officially a “Marchez à l'école” – French for walk to school. Students counted down from five in French to start the walk: “Cinq ... quatre ...trois ... deux ... un.”