Walking tall

Moore said this isn't a problem for Patrick.

"He bugs me to come early," said Moore.

To Varsames and many of the parents, the health benefits are the most important part of the club, but to the students, being able to see friends earlier is a motivating factor.

"I heard about it because my friends were doing it," said Jimmy Towne, a third-grader. He said his favorite part is the stretching, as well as the walking.

He has recruited his brother, Jacob, 9, to walk as well.

"My brother was talking about it so I wanted to come," said Jacob, who said his favorite part is the jumping jacks the walkers do at the end.

Jacob and Jimmy are not the only siblings to walk in the club.

Second-grader Nicole Knowles, 8, said she joined the club after hearing her brother, Timmy, talk about it.

"My brother was doing it, and he comes home almost every day saying how much fun he was having doing it, and I thought I would do it too," she said.

Knowles also wanted to join the club because her friend, Kayleigh Degonzage,7, was in the club, although Degonzage is in the club for another reason.

"It gets you more healthier!" she exclaimed.

She said that she has been in the club for "four and a half miles."

According to Varsames, the group averages about a mile per day.

After each walker has walked two-and-a-half miles (miles are measured by students picking up a stick and carrying it with them each time they have walked a lap) the student gets a charm in the shape of a foot to signify their accomplishment.

Degonzage said that since joining the club, she has begun exercising outside of school as well.

"I do a little bit of running in the backyard," she said.

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