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Metro Atlanta kids take part in International Walk to School Day

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'International Walk to School Day' 2013 - Lilburn, GA 'International Walk to School Day' 2013 - Lilburn, GA
LILBURN, GA (CBS46) -

Families all across metro Atlanta dusted off their walking shoes Wednesday and took part in International Walk to School Day.

More than 1,000 students nationwide participated in the event.

Students at Camp Creek Elementary School in Lilburn held signs and walked with their parents to school. For some, it was a long walk, but an eye-opening one.

"I'm learning that the more you walk, the less pollution you make," said fourth-grade student Sophie Hoover. "If you drive cars and buses, then you make pollution in the air, and we want this world to be pollution-free."

The event was sponsored by Safe Kids Gwinnett in conjunction with the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Gwinnett County Police Department and Georgia Safe Routes to School.

"Even at home when they're home playing around streets, we want to make sure that they're safe," said Assistant Chief Stephen Hrustich, Gwinnett County's Fire Marshal. "We just don't want tragedy happening. This is a great way to get that message out."

The message seemed to resonate with the students.

"When you guys see a stop sign, you look both ways before you cross the street," said student Jenisha Dahal.

"If you ride a bike to school, then you have to wear a helmet," said student Caden Hall.

"Always to walk with an adult," added his classmate Arwin Hasan.

Safe Kids Gwinnett is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations dedicated to preventing unintentional injury. Safe Kids Gwinnett was founded in 2010 and is led by Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. For more information, visit safekids.org.

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