Children participate in soggy Walk to School Day

Lambs Elem students walk to school (Stefanie Bainum/WCIV)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Students pounded the pavement Wednesday, part of a statewide campaign to skip the bus or car pool and walk to school.

Forty-three Lowcountry schools are participating, despite rainy conditions, along with almost 200 schools statewide.

The program was started three years ago by the state Department of Transportation. Department officials say it's part of an effort to increase physical activity among youngsters.

"Walking and bicycling to school can be fun and enjoyable," said Rodney Oldham with the SCDOT. "It can also help to create healthy lifestyle behaviors and helps with the environment so we can have clean air by reducing traffic flow around schools and reducing the amount of air pollutants."

International Walk to School Day is held each October. According to the Associated Press, 277 South Carolina schools registered to participate in the international event last year.