October 3 is International Walk to School Day, and one Whitefish school saw nearly 400 kids take on the challenge. Muldown Elementary School students took the chilly morning in stride, knowing that their walk to school resulted in free ice cream and ice skating coupons.
Whitefish takes part in the twice-yearly biking and walking events as part of a Safe Routes to School grant from the Department of Transportation. The city has already improved several sidewalks and bike paths to ensure their kids are safe as they travel to and from school.
"The kids were really excited about the ice skating so I thought I would add something active in there and they'd be motivated by that," said gym teacher Vonda Garcia."I say we had close to 400 kids and for a school of 600, two-thirds is great!"
Whitefish is just one of 12,500 schools and communities in the United States who receive funds from Safe Routes to School.