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Tulsa Public Schools take part in Walk to School Day

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Updated: 10/09/2013 7:41 pm Published: 10/09/2013 3:10 pm

It's international Walk to School Day, and for the third year in a row Tulsa Public Schools are taking part.

The mission is to promote wellness and also highlight problems students face while heading to school.

With their school buried in the middle of a neighborhood, most Sequoyah Elementary students live within walking distance.

But for many, like 7-year-old Derald, it was their first time to get there using only their own two feet.

"I like the fresh air. You get exercise and it's really fun," he said.

Even though students enjoyed the walk, mom Rolonda Johnson said she'd never let her son go alone.

"The traffic is heavy in the morning. It's so heavy, so that is my concern," she said.

We also found there's not exactly a clear path to school.

From streets without sidewalks to cracked cement and overgrown grass, it's hard to go a block without seeing something blocking the way.

It's these barriers the district wants to know about.

This week, students will take pictures of the walk to be looked at by the Tulsa County Wellness Program, which is all about making the city more pedestrian-friendly.

"We are going to be a part of hopefully making change in our neighborhood," said Johnson.

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