BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The Utah Jazz Bear paid a special visit to the Farr family’s home in Bountiful Tuesday – with the goal of helping neighborhood kids develop the healthy habit of walking to school.
Andrea Farr and her kids use Utah Department of Transportation’s Walking School Bus app when they opt out of driving to school and walk instead.
Each time they walked to school, they logged the experience into the app – entering for the chance to win a pancake breakfast with the Utah Jazz Bear. The Farrs won the contest, and Tuesday the Jazz Bear accompanied them and many other children in the neighborhood to Muir Elementary School.
“It helps our health, it helps our environment,” said Andrea Farr.
UDOT is also working to educate kids on safety measures they can take as they walk to school. Tuesday, the children who walked with the Utah Jazz Bear signed pledges that they would obey pedestrian laws.
According to UDOT, walking to school reduced 224,000 car trips across Utah in the 2016-2017 school year. Walkers covered 165,000 miles and eliminated 54 million grams of CO2 emissions.
The free Walking School Bus app is available for download on iPhone and Android devices.