Whether on a bike, a scooter, on two-feet, or four, it was time to get moving as part of the annual International Walk to School Day in the Brockport Central School District.
"This day is good exercise for everybody."
Ten-year-old David Wielgosz lives in the Town of Clarkson and normally rides the bus to school, but today, the family parked their car in the village of Brockport and walked the rest of the way.
"It's really important and it's good for your body."
Brockport began this event in 2006, but not without the help of volunteers who are on hand to greet and encourage the walkers. The Wescotts are a fourth generation family that take part each year.
"They asked me the very first year, and my daughter was involved with school activities, so she came too and then so we started bringing in the younger ones, and now we got the babies," said Joyce Westcott.
The annual Walk to School event is seen as just one way to target the problem of childhood obesity in our country and to help promote the benefits of walking.
Dr. James Goetz is a physician in the Brockport Central School District. He founded the event eight years ago. Dr. Goetz says getting kids to spend more time outside than in, can be challenging because of social media.
"Kids are just connected and they're afraid if they're not doing something with somebody on the internet, that they're missing out on something, so it'd be great to shut down those computers and those iPhones and let the kids play a little bit," Goetz said.
Communties like Brockport believe it's important to build on this enthusiasm and create more programs that are fun, safe and healthy for kids and their families.
"Anybody can walk. You may not be able to be on the basketball team, or you may not be able to be on the football team, but you can walk, and it feels great and it's fun and you're going to be healthier."