Winners of the of Benton Hall Academy ‘Walk to School’ program sponsored by the YMCA Outsiders are pictured with teacher Tracy Young.

by Dave Warner

The Little Falls Family YMCA Outsiders sponsored a ‘Walk to School’ incentive program for students at Benton Hall Academy. The children that participated needed to walk to school 10 out of the last 20 days of the school year. If the students reached this goal, they received a movie ticket to Valley Cinemas in Little Falls.

Marc Verri, co-founder of the Outsiders started the program three years ago. The idea was to get children more active during the day.

According to teacher Tracy Young, “It’s a group of parents who will gather up their kids and get them involved in outdoor activities. I sign their paper each morning, and if they meet the goal, they get a free movie ticket.”

For the children that can’t walk to school because they ride the bus, parents ensure that the children walk at least 20 minutes at home and then they sign the paperwork. Young then signs off on that accomplishment as well.

“Last year we had a lot more students participate, but this year I think the weather impacted the number of students that were involved. A lot of them told me they drove to school because of the rain,” said Young.

Overall, 46 children won movie tickets.

Photo by Dave Warner – Winners of the of Benton Hall Academy ‘Walk to School’ program sponsored by the YMCA Outsiders get in line to pick up their free ticket to Valley Cinema from teacher Tracy Young.