By ISABELLA WHITLING
Cranberry High School’s “Walk to School Day,” an annual event hosted by the CRANA club to promote healthy habits, was in action on the morning of Sept. 21, 2023.
Cranberry students were dropped off at the intersection of Big Egypt Road and Education Drive by Cranberry’s buses to walk up the back drive to the main entrance of the high school. Drivers and staff who parked in the parking lot walked down the driveway and then back up to the school to participate in the event.
“I think it’s a good way to wake kids up in the morning, just a good way to make kids exercise,” said Aurora Kush, a seventh grader at Cranberry High School.
Members of the CRANA club (CRanberry Advocates for Nutrition and Activity), along with Melanie Oliver, a Cranberry staff member and advisor of the CRANA club, took backpacks off of the buses so the students could have an enjoyable walk back to the main entrance of the high school.
While students waited to collect their backpacks, chalk was available for them to let their morning minds get creative. Some students participated in the chalk hopscotch that the CRANA members had drawn; others wrote quotes and mindful messages.
Marching band members also walked along the road and provided a morning tune.
The CRANA club, of which any student can become a member, promotes the health of CHS students through events such as Wellness Wednesdays, Walk to School Day, Apple Crunch Day, the YMCA Program, Move It Outside Day, and the Stall Notes.
Isabella Whitling, Rylee Coe, Maria Galletta, Kai Pascorell, and Henry Milford, are students at Cranberry High School and members of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications class.