CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Oct. 3 is International Walk to School Day, and students across the Lowcountry burned some calories before the bell rang Wednesday morning.
Four thousand schools from all 50 states participated in the walk.
At least 540 kids and parents from Drayton Hall Elementary School in West Ashley showed up to walk to school together as a group. Principal John Cobb says that's a big increase from the 400 kids who walked last year.
The annual event encourages kids to get outside and move while also teaching them safe routes to school.
"The message that we're sending to the kids is that there are safe routes to school whether you are biking or whether you are walking with your parents in the community," Cobb said.
Drayton Hall Elementary School students have participated in the event for the past seven years. The fire department was on hand to help ensure those kids had a safe walk to school.