MARQUETTE, Mi. (WLUC) - It was an exciting morning for students at Birchwood Elementary School, as they began their walk to school at St. Joseph's Church. But it was no ordinary walk.
Two police cars, a firetruck, and fall athletes from Ishpeming High School created a tunnel for students to walk through in honor of International Walk to School Day.
The event is annual, but for some students, it was a new experience.
"This is my first year here," Birchview student, Delilah said.
It was estimated that over 300 Michigan schools participated this year, alongside 40 countries worldwide.
For Ishpeming athletes, it was a chance to set an example.
"It shows the kids that it's important to stay active and be involved in their school," Ishpeming senior, Ashleigh Beauchamp said.
The walk promotes safety while walking to school, as well as physical fitness.
But walking isn't the only thing these students like to do for exercise.
"After lunchtime, we like to play at the playground," said one Birchview student, Ella said. "I like to play on the monkey bars."
After the walk, students went straight to the gym for an assembly to talk more about walking safety with high school students. They were also presented with a certificate of participation, signed by Governor Rick Snyder.