A walk in the (Orchard) Park for students, parents

October 9, 2013 

— For the sixth consecutive year, Orchard park Elementary School in Fort Mill participated in International Walk to School Day.

Special to the Fort Mill Times

At under 55 degrees, it may have been the chilliest morning yet of the new school year, but the parents and students crowding the sidewalks at Orchard Park Elementary School Wednesday didn’t seem to mind.

That’s what a nice, brisk walk to school will do.

Many more students than usual, parents in tow, arrived at school on foot to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

It was the sixth year that Orchard Park Elementary School has participated in the event, held worldwide to promote healthy habits, pedestrian safety and a cleaner community.

“Thank you for walking to school today!” parent volunteer Suzanne Hanson said to the crowd.

Hanson and another volunteer, Debbie Allwes, greeted every student with a sticker, a colorful bookmark and a smile.

“A lot of students walk to school already,” Hanson explained, “But this is close to double the amount we normally see.”

Many students also chose to ride their bikes to school, and some even arrived on scooters.

“I walk my son to school every day,” Orchard Park parent John Zimmer said. “Many other parents walk too. It’s one of my favorite things about this neighborhood.”

And, he said, it’s a great way to kick off the morning.

“It is always the best part of my day,” Zimmer said.

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