Students walk, skate, bike for lesson on climate

first_img“It was pretty tiring,” said Pierce. “My legs hurt and my calves are tired.” But it was worth it, he said. “I wanted not to make smog and help out our environment,” he added. The two youngsters were among 65 students who took part in the event organized by La Mirada High foreign language teacher Norma Williamson and her colleagues. “We’re trying to educate them about alternatives to fossil fuels and about climate change,” she said. • Video: 5/17: Skate, bike, walk to school day • Photo Gallery: Skate, Bike, Walk to School LA MIRADA – Brett Pierce and Fernando Velasco were a little sore and tired even before starting their day at La Mirada High School on Friday. Pierce, 15, and Velasco, 14, rode their foot-powered scooters three miles from their Norwalk homes to the school as part of “Skate, Bike, Walk to School Day,” a local effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. It was the second year the event was held. While organizers expected 200 students to take part, eliminating about 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, the event still drew more participation than last year. Williamson estimated that about 120 pounds of emission were offset by Friday’s event. “We’re on our way. It’s still a new program in its infancy. We’ll work harder next year,” she said. Participating students brought a permission slip from home, as well as information about how far they traveled and their mode of transportation. Most walked. Some teachers gave extra credit to students who took part. That incentive spurred Jessica Corona, 15, of La Mirada to walk to school instead of hitching the usual ride from her parents. But it wasn’t easy, she said. “I grew tired. I’m not used to it,” she said. Kandee Sands, 16, and Christina Gonzalez, 15, both of La Mirada said they enjoyed their 2 1/2 mile-hike. “We were just having fun,” Sands said. “I’m a cheerleader,” said Gonzalez. “I’m used to exercise.” Pierce said he doubts he’ll switch to a scooter to get to school from now on. “It’s a little too far,” he said. [email protected] (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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