More than 100 Briarcliff Elementary students and parents get a breath of fresh air on annual one-mile walk to school

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some Northland elementary school students walked to school Friday morning with a special escort.

The North Kansas City percussion section along with cheerleaders led Briarcliff Elementary students on a one-mile walk to school. More than 100 kids and parents took part in this annual tradition.

The school says it's an opportunity for them to promote community relationships along with the importance of exercise and fresh air for these kids.

"Walking is so important for our kids," Briarcliff Elementary principal Kate Place said. "It's a great way to start the day, and a great way to finish the day, but it does a lot of things. It represents healthy lifestyles for them, it also gives us a chance to connect with their families, and have that shoulder to shoulder supports between the families and the homes and the school."

Next Wednesday is actually the 20th year of National Walk to School day and dozens of schools in the metro are expected to take part.