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Whitmore Elementary walks to school

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

You may have seen a lot of kids out and about this morning as they got off the bus and turned down rides to school. Today many chose instead to lace 'em up and pound the pavement for International Walk to School Day.

More than a hundred students, parents, and staff from Whitmore Elementary School took part once again this year. The kids received a police escort thanks to several TPD motorcycle cops as they walked to school full of smiles.

The Tucson students were apart of about 250,000 students who walked to school today in the United States.

Roughly 3 million were expected to participate worldwide.

International Walk to School Day helps raise awareness about pedestrian safety and teaches kids the rights and wrongs of the road, while also advocating health and fitness.

"On International Walk to School Day, parents and caregivers both teach and model safe pedestrian behavior," said Yomy Diaz, from Safe Kids Tucson.

In 2009, more than 13,000 children went to the emergency room, and nearly 250 died because of pedestrian related injuries.

After arriving to school, the students at Whitmore met with the police officers who explained how their motorcycles worked, gave additional safety tips, and they signed autographs for the students.

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