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No one knows how hectic mornings can be more than parents. It can be stressful to get everyone ready, pack lunches, and leave on time. But today, parents at Pioneer Elementary school had a chance to slow down and bond with their children as part of National Walk Your Child To School Day.

Here in the U.S., today is National Walk Your Child to School Day. But October is International Walk Your Child to School Month. This morning, I followed one family who got to participate in the event for the first time.  

It's a special day in the Ulvestad home, National Walk Your Child to School Day is a tradition Pioneer Elementary School has participated in for several years, and this is Susan Ulvestad's first time.

"So, it's fun to see her there and see the people she goes to school with because she won't let us walk her to school normally. She's very independent," says mother Beth Ulvestad.

The day's purpose is to give parents a chance to bond with their kids and do a healthy exercise together. Pioneer hosted a breakfast with prizes and games, allowing parents to worry less about the tasks of morning and just focus on their students.

"Actually the best part is seeing the families together in the morning. The morning can be a big rush for families but on this morning they take some time to spend some time together. Walk to school, they get that message about fitness and health and walking. And also they get to spend some time together. Some good quality time," says organizer Kurt Weinberg.

Fifth graders were happy to help coordinate the morning's breakfast.

"We do this just for fun, I guess, every body comes and eats healthy snacks for breakfast, it's good exercise," says fifth grader Ebby Williams.

Susan has a few years before she'll be helping with morning breakfast. But her mother Beth says because of today's tradition she sees how Susan will help in the future.


"One thing I love about being a mother is seeing my children interact. And so seeing her walk with her sister, holding hands. Which in a couple years they'll be going to school together, and so to see just a glimpse of how that will be, was, I think, great," says  Beth.

Susan has two younger sisters, Hazel and Maren, so the Ulvestads will be participating in Walk Your Child to School Day for a long time.

Pioneer Elementary School invited everyone to participate, and for those who didn't live close enough to walk to school, they were encouraged to park a couple of blocks away and then walk.

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