AMORY, Miss. (WTVA)-- West Amory Elementary hit the pavement to celebrate National Walk to School Day on Friday.
The day started with a song about safety.
Then, kids laced up their sneakers, set the pedometer, and took a stroll down G Avenue on a newly constructed sidewalk.
The project was funded by a Safe Route to school grant.
"We are here educating them and creating strong healthy minds," said Mayor Howard Boozer. "With a project like this we can do a small part to help them have strong healthy bodies as well."
Work began four years ago to make the area a safe place for kids to walk or ride bikes to school.
Educators said before the sidewalks, walking down G Avenue was a bit dangerous.
Leaders said the project has been a long labor of love.
"It was difficult at times, but we survived. Now we have this great road. It is so easy for busses to move up and down it and it is so easy for our kids to walk back and forth to school," said West Amory Principal David Millender.
While laughter and the pitter patter of little feet filled the air, leaders said they hope Friday's event will encourage healthy living and safety.