CLEARWATER - Thousands of students in Pinellas County joined many more across the Tampa Bay area recognizing International Walk/Bike to School Day.
The day stresses the importance of following safety rules while crossing streets going and coming from school.
Students and parents from Leila Davis Elementary in Clearwater got together early this morning with Clearwater Police to walk to school.
"I think making sure that we're educating children on bike safety, pedestrian safety, is so important even at the school level and at home," said Kim Hill, principal at Leila Davis Elementary.
But news of a student in Brandon getting hit while walking to school (see http://wfts.tv/GL6EF1 ) has hit a little close to home for the students and parents who are just that more cautious Wednesday morning.
"Part of us driving this message home is that there needs to be a heightened awareness of drivers and students, and each needs to be aware of the other," says Rob Shaw with Clearwater Police.
However there's more to International Walk/Bike to School Day than safety regulations.
Officials also want to stress for kids to get outdoors and be healthy and also want to foster a sense of community among those who participate.