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Asheville parents and students step out as part of a national campaign

About 30 Ira B. Jones Elementary School students, along with their parents and school staff, gathered Wednesday morning to walk to school together. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Some Western North Carolina students and parents joined a national initiative by taking the active route to school.

The experience was just as healthy as it was educational.

About 30 Ira B. Jones Elementary School students, along with their parents and school staff, gathered Wednesday morning to walk to school together.

After fueling up with breakfast and putting on reflective gear, principal Sarah Cain led the group to school. The school resource officer, crossing guard and Asheville police also helped escort the kids to class.

"Because it's a safe and healthy way to get to school," fourth-grader Maria said.

"We've walked to school before in places where we lived, before coming to Asheville," Jeff Hall said as he walked his son to school. "It's really cool for us. I grew up doing it. It just seems like, you know, you walk to school, it's the fun way to get there."

Asheville's mayor also participated in the initiative with her son.

The Department of Transportation said this North Asheville community was one of more than 250 across the state that participated in this year's National Walk to School Day.

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