Kids should walk to school

We've all heard stories from our elders about how they walked to school every day. Miles and miles, in the snow, uphill both ways.

In truth, walking to school often was as much a joyful experience as a physical trial. It was a time to walk with friends, experience the outdoors and get a little exercise.

The annual International Walk to School Day campaign would like to make that experience more common. Each year, hundreds of thousands of students around the world walk to school to demonstrate how it's done.

Last year, nearly 3,000 schools in all 50 states participated in Walk to School Day. This year, hundreds of students at local schools, including Orchard Park Elementary in Fort Mill and Northside Elementary School for the Arts in Rock Hill, trekked to school.

The goal of this effort is more than simply to give students bragging rights with their elders. Promoters point out that walking to school enhances the health of students, improves air quality by cutting down on the use of cars, and encourages communities to install safer routes for walking and biking.

We hope these dedicated walkers succeed in all those areas. This clearly would be a better world if more kids could and would walk to school.