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Students from Irving Elementary School in Sioux City hoofed it to school Monday morning

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With the help of trained volunteers and school staff members, the students hit the pavement as part of the Walking School Bus.

The students walked several blocks this morning and stopped at planned spots along the route to pick up more kids.

The Walking School bus encourages kids to get a little extra exercise and helps them meet other friends to walk with.

The volunteers also help guide them and help them stay safe while going to and from school on their own two feet.

"It does promote walking. It does promote healthy lifestyles, and it does give the kids in the neighborhood and maybe you just want to have your kids have a supervised walk to school and it provided that for our parents," Ron Koch, the School Administrator Manager at Irving Elementary School said.

The kids get prizes each day they walk with the Walking School Bus and at the end of the week, there will be a drawing for a bike.

Organizers hope this morning will be the start of a regular walking program between the students, school, and community.

"What a great way to build a sense of community, for the kids to have physical activity in the morning before school, and it's just a win-win situation," Kelli Tuttle, the head physical education teacher for Sioux City Community School District said.

Liberty Elementary School will hold its Walking School Bus program next week.

KTIV's Sarah Te Slaa will have more on this story tonight at 6 p.m. on News Four.

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