Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  More than 150 people gathered in a parking lot for snacks and prizes before the annual  Walk Your Kids to School Day Wednesday October 1, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion More than 150 people gathered in a parking lot for snacks and prizes before the annual Walk Your Kids to School Day Wednesday October 1, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

A brisk morning stroll

  • By KAYLEE OSOWSKI
  • Sunday, October 5, 2014 4:42pm
  • NewsSchools

Many of the people who gathered at a Soldotna church parking lot on Wednesday came to the same conclusion — it was cold.

“It’s a little chilly, but once we start walking, it will work,” said Joyce Mullican, who brought her grandson, 5-year-old Draiden Mullican, to the event.

They were just two of the about 150 parents, guardians and students who bundled up to walk to school together in Soldotna.

For the first time in the more than decade of participating in Walk Your Kids to School Day, which was held about a week before the international day in an effort to avoid even colder weather, three elementary schools began the morning together.

Soldotna and Redoubt elementary schools and Soldotna Montessori Charter School students and their guardians met at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna for hot cocoa, muffins and prizes before walking to their schools.

Sharon Hale, who was previously a parent liaison with Redoubt Elementary, has been organizing the event for years along with Jane Fellman with Safe Kids Kenai Peninsula Coalition.

Hale said they decided to have all the schools meet in the same place, so that everyone knew where to go and because the schools don’t get together often.

Ronny Simmons and his daughter, 6-year-old Alexis Simmons, attended the event for the first time. Simmons said they are trying to get involved in any events they can at Soldotna Elementary.

“There are more people here than I expected,” he said.

Christine Uribe took her six kids, four of whom attend Soldotna Elementary, to the event.

“I like to get them out to walk and they like the prizes,” she said.

Usually the family drives to school, but the choose to walk, if the weather is good, she said.

Amber Erickson and her daughter have previously participated in the event. She said it’s good for the kids to learn to walk to school safely.

“It helps her to learn to play safe outside,” she said about her daughter Mecenha Price, who is a fourth grader at Redoubt Elementary.

Mecenha enjoys the event because she gets some exercise in before the school day starts.

“It gets your body in shape before class,” Mecenha said.

While getting kids outside and getting a little exercise is good, making sure kids know how to get to school safely is a big part of the event, Hale said, who handed out reflectors before the walk began. Members of Central Emergency Services and two police cars escorted the students and their guardians to the schools.

Hale said the Soldotna schools started participating in Walk Your Kids to School Day about 13 years ago and that it’s an important tradition to continue.

 

Kaylee Osowski can be reached at kaylee.osowski@peninsulaclarion.com

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  More than 150 students, parents, teachers and administrators walked to school during the annual Walk Your Kids to School Day Wednesday October 1, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion More than 150 students, parents, teachers and administrators walked to school during the annual Walk Your Kids to School Day Wednesday October 1, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Redoubt Elementary school Principal John Pothast greets students as they walk to school during Walk Your Kids to School Day Wednesday October 1, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Redoubt Elementary school Principal John Pothast greets students as they walk to school during Walk Your Kids to School Day Wednesday October 1, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

More in News

Renewable IPP CEO Jenn Miller presents information about solar power during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Company looks to build solar farm on peninsula

It would be roughly 20 times the size of the largest solar farm currently in the state.

(Image courtesy CDC)
Officials: COVID is at a plateau in Alaska

The approved COVID vaccines, Zink said, are the best tool to get cases to drop off.

Clem Tillion of Halibut Cove poses for a photo on Jan. 9, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. The veteran Alaska legislator was passing through Homer while waiting to take the M/V Tustumena ferry to Kodiak. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Clem Tillion, PFD founder and former legislator, dies at 96

Tillion died Wedneday, Oct. 13, at Halibut Cove home.

“Soctober” will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at the Cook Inlet Counseling parking lot at 10200 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai, and consists of rock painting, the winter gear giveaway and a free spaghetti lunch. (Image via Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse)
Recovery group to host outreach event

The event will include rock painting, the winter gear giveaway and a free spaghetti lunch.

Finn Petersen, left, is announced the winner of a $49,000 Alaska 529 scholarship on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, as part of the “Give AK a Shot” COVID-19 vaccine program. (Photo via the Alaska Chamber of Commerce)
Anchorage residents win latest vaccine lottery

“Give AK a Shot” awards $49,000 in cash scholarships to one newly vaccinated adult and one child.

Jason Floyd testifies in opposition to COVID-19 mandates during a meeting of the Soldotna City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Protesters pack council meeting, declare ‘medical liberty’

Attendance at Wednesday’s meeting was reduced to standing-room only.

Baked goods are on display during a Soldotna Chamber of Commerce pie auction in this undated photo. (Photo courtesy Soldotna Chamber of Commerce)
‘Local gourmets’ to share baking skills at Soldotna Pie Auction

The Great British Baking Show-esque event showcases local culinary talent.

A spruce bark beetle is seen on the underside of a piece of bark taken from logs stacked near Central Peninsula Landfill on Thursday, July 1, 2021 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Chugach campgrounds to be closed for beetle kill mitigation

Only one campground will be closed at a time, and updates on closures will be shared to the Chugach National Forest’s website.

Most Read