NASL — The streets of Naval Air Station Lemoore were alive on Wednesday morning as hundreds of students from R.J. Neutra Elementary and Akers School and their families walked and biked to school in participation of Walk to School Day.
The event which has been occurring nationally for over 20 years and at schools on the base for the last four, aims to promote physical fitness, community togetherness and increase awareness about traffic safety.
Aker’s fourth-grade teacher Jay Villanueva opted for a 10-mile bike ride from the town of Lemoore to the base.
“I always wear a helmet,” said Villanueva. "Doing so has saved me from injury more than once, most recently at the end of July when I was hit by a car. Because of this, I was happy to see that the students who rode to school this morning were also wearing protective gear. I hope I set a good example for all the Akers Eagles about healthy and safe lifestyles.”
NASL personnel from many commands, including Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific and the Naval Operation Support Center lined the sidewalks, cheering on participants and passing out stickers to give them recognition for walking and riding to school.
Participants at both schools were treated to a visit by FY 2019’s newly-selected Chief Petty Officers when they stopped to sing a round of “Anchors Aweigh.”
“It was a great success. Margaret Gladders [NASL School Liaison Officer] did a wonderful job in reaching out to commands, active duty members and Navy support staff to support this event,” said R.J. Neutra principal Courtney Kirchman. “We had so many base personnel and Neutra staff there to cheer on and welcome our families and students. It was another successful event and a great way to start the school day.”