SARTELL - A beautiful fall day greeted students for International Walk and Bike to School Day.

The event is celebrated around the state and country and encourages kids to be more active. Many parents and kids find biking and walking to be a fun and healthy option to get to school. Theresa Lau says her son Sebastian has been biking to school since it started in September.

"I think for Sebastian, I really enjoy that he really loves biking-it adds an excitement about getting up and going to school," Lau says.

The Sartell St. Stephen School District took part in the event along with others in Central Minnesota. Sartell-St. Stephen superintendent Jeff Schwiebert says walking or biking to school is a great activity for students.

It's always a very healthy activity that we like to encourage whether it be walking or biking-we're just trying to encourage people to do healthy things, [this] was a great thing to be a part of," Schwiebert says.

The City of Sartell also promoted the event. Anita Rasmussen is the planning and community development director with Sartell, she says the city has been working with schools to create more sidewalks and safer routes.

"You put a lot of work and thought into designing sidewalks and trails-so when they're actually being used-it's gratifying to all of us," Rasmussen says.

Bike and Walk to School day started in 1997 and is now celebrated every year in thousands of schools across the country. It's also celebrated in over 40 countries around the world.


Dan DeBaun, WJON News