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Elementary students across Wausau braved the cold Wednesday morning for Walk and Bike to School Day.
Students at six schools, including Hawthorn Hills Elementary, bundled up and were rewarded with a free neon bracelet.
An official with the Marathon County Health Department says they chose this day to encourage parents and children to walk year-round.
"Walking to school and biking to school is a really great thing to do," says Amanda Ostrowski of the Marathon County Health Department. "It helps kids get their 60 minutes of activity everyday and it also helps them learn life skills like crossing the street and learning how to maneuver traffic."
School district officials say they decided to hold the event after successful participation with International Walk to School Day last month.
They will hold two more similar events in March and May.
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