Raptor mom helps kids get excited for National Walk to School Day

Posted at 3:26 PM, Oct 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-07 18:56:41-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- It's National Walk to School Day, and one local mom went out of her way to create the coolest walking school bus!

She wore a dinosaur costume because her daughter's school mascot is a raptor, and Brittney Lafitaga guided about 30 children to Roosevelt Elementary School Wednesday morning.

Lafitaga said she likes getting the children excited about being healthy and walking to school. This is her third year dressing up to help the kids get excited for National Walk to School Day, which she turns into a week-long event.

The school is counting how many children are walking, and at the end of the week the classroom with the most kids who walked will get a party. The goal is to keep children healthy and teach them about exercise, and it also reduces carbon emissions by getting cars off the roads.

Third-grader Brynlie Chadwick said: "It was so fun walking to school. I've never really done anything like that before. It was just so much fun."

Raptor mom Brittney Lafitaga said: "It's definitely an interest and a passion, being a mother of my own three kids, just the importance of eating healthy and exercise, and we have so many kids who are walking to school, so to encourage everybody to come, they get a healthy snack every morning."

This school will continue the walk to school themes all week-long.

Parents said they hope the children will continue to walk to school every day.