GLENDALE— Steve Miskjian and his four-year-old daughter Tiffany walked more than a mile to Wite Elementary School on Wednesday, part of a 60-person walking school bus.
The rain didn't stop them. Traffic didn't slow them down. Construction crews along their route were no problem.
"We don't walk every day, but we did today," Steve Miskjian said.
They were among the roughly 800 people walking to school on International Walk to School Day, an event designed to reduce congestion around schools.
But organizers note walking to school is also advantageous tp child behavior. In Sally Browder's experience, walking her second-grade daughter to White each morning has brought them closer.
"It's harder to focus on conversation when you're not face-to-face," she said. "When we're walking, she talks a lot more and decompresses in a way she didn't when we'd drive."
More than four million people were expected to walk to school nationwide, and more than two dozen Glendale residents packed a City Council meeting Tuesday when officials proclaimed October walk to school month, organizers said.