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Community Turns Out For Walk to School Day

District 181 students hit the streets for fresh air and exercise.

Dozens of children in District 181 walked to school on Wednesday as part of International Walk to School Day. Students from all of the district's seven elementary schools took to the streets with their parents and friends.

"It's a good message. Green. It's efficient, economical and a beautiful day," said Joanne Smith Repicky. "Doing something as a community."

Seven-year-old Kaitlin Mrksich talked about her favorite part of walking to school. "Seeing nature. Butterflies," she said.

"It's good exercise," said Mara Mrksich, Kaitlin's six-year-old sister.

Members of the Hinsdale Police and Fire departments showed up for assemblies at schools throughout the district, like the one at Monroe School. "There are three important reasons to take part in International Walk to School Day," said Hinsdale Deputy Police Chief Mark Wodka when he addressed the students. "One, you keep your heart healthy. Two, When we don't have cars in front of the school, the air you breath is cleaner and three, it's fun."

Wodka said he was pleased so many people took part in the event. "It's excellent. In the past several years, regardless of the weather, we always have a huge turnout. The students that particpated are representative of the culture of the district to support and promote these types of events."

Hinsdale Village Manager David Cook has attended the Walk to School assemblies for many years. "It's a pleasure to be here: seeing the kids, talking to the kids, hearing the kids sing. It's all about the kids."

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