Ditch the car, exercise those muscles

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the dance team gathers on the field to support DUSD in raising awareness to make pedestrian safety a priority. “Personally, I did it because I’m grateful I can walk,” sophomore, Justine Muro said. “It’s something important, and many people ignore it.”

Vivian Buenrostro , Co-Editor-in-Cheif

Instead of sitting in the usual morning traffic, students and staff walked to school and around the track in the Allen Layne Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 7- 7:40 a.m., to participate in the international event: Walk to School Day.


The first Walk to School Day took place in 1995, promoting health and fitness throughout the community. Now over 3,000 schools across the U.S. participate every year. Downey Unified School District’s Superintendent, Dr. Garcia, contacted ASB Adviser, Mrs. Sims with high hopes of reassuring the Downey community of the benefits that come from walking to school. Kaiser Permanente sponsored this event with $2000 allowing different schools in Downey to purchase raffle prizes, such as a mini iPad, Starbucks and Chipotle gift cards, and AMC movie tickets for the chosen morning walkers.


Although it is DUSD’s first year taking part in early morning walk, ASB members Katy Ragusa, 11, Jose Flores, 11 and Rachel Rodriguez, 12, jumped on the idea of being responsible for hosting the event.


“It’s important for students to realize they need to take the initiative to exercise more and this event helped promote the fun in working out and being healthy,” Ragusa said.


Junior Marcus Olvea walked a total of 5 laps with his volleyball team. “I took it upon myself to take part in this event because it was international and being part of something like that interested me and my team,” Olvea said.


Cheer, the dance team, ASB, band, cross country/ track, and the soccer, volleyball and basketball teams, along with the regular students filled the track.


“Our school is made up of all these different activities,” Sophomore Maricela Navarro said, “and seeing them unified in this walk with their small cliques reminds me of a 80s movie.”


More importantly, the city’s involvement with the different schools in Downey has set the tone for upcoming events. Their emphasis on Healthy Downey is a main priority at the moment according to ASB publicity director, Senior Rachel Rodriguez.


“After attending several meetings, discussing different ways to promote a healthier city has always come up,” Rodriguez said. “If students chose to walk to school every day their life style would change for the better.”


The small event largely impacted the student body by encouraging people to take their health into consideration when making everyday choices. Whether it be a walk to school or an afternoon snack choice, the Downey community is pro-health.