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Metro school celebrates 'International Walk to School Day'

Posted at 1:26 PM, Oct 05, 2016

Drivers were on the lookout on Wednesday as they made their way to school grounds.

The students at Jefferson Elementary School joined other kids from 50 states and 40 countries  to walk to school on the same day. 

When Jefferson students and parents arrived to school Wednesday morning, they walked into quite a surprise.

 Omaha's finest were ready to welcome them to start their day.

“I want to make sure that my son is safe when he walks to school. That's about it. Safety,” said Joseph Kaputo, a parent at Jefferson Elementary. 

So when it comes to walking to school, there's obviously a healthy benefit to it. 

But on Wednesday, it was really all about promoting pedestrian safety, especially when you have a school like Jefferson right next to a major street.

“We have the speed limit signs and those kinds of things but just to make people aware that when kids are walking to school we really need to be cautious and looking out where we're going and to keeps these kids to and from school very safely,” said Jennifer Schlapia, principal, of Jefferson Elementary School.

Supporters say the day not only keeps them healthy but also reminds people about keeping and staying safe as they walk to school.