FAIRFIELD — Jennings Elementary School Principal Tony Vuolo high-fived students Wednesday morning as they climbed off their buses outside Fairfield Woods Library to walk down the street to school.

As part of International Walk to School Day, an annual October event, Jennings buses dropped kids off near the corner of Fairfield Woods Road on Oct. 5 and the school organized a group of students and parents that live nearby to meet and walk together to school.

“We always promote health and it’s a fun start to the day,” Vuolo said.

He said walking together is also another way to build the Jennings community. The group of parents and students that live nearby arrived first, crossing Fairfield Woods Road together with the aid of a crossing guard and accompanied by Vuolo and other school staff. Teachers then led students who took the bus down the hill to school in groups.

Oct. 5 marked the 20th Walk to School Day, aimed at encouraging community support for and involvement in walking and biking to school. Jennings has been a longtime participant.

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