GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) – A morning full of cheers, laughter and lots of smiles as students from Gulf Shores City Schools took part in International Walk to School Day.

Staff, parents and even pets were invited to join students as they walked to school, reminding them of the importance of maintaining health and fitness.

Gulf Shores City Schools Board OF Education vice president of education Kevin Corcoran said it’s important for a child and a teacher to grow mentally and physically.

“One of the true values ​​of the City of Gulf Shores Schools is that we develop self-reliance by incorporating the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of the student into the learning environment,” said Corcoran.

School administrators in the City of Gulf Shores are finding new and diverse ways to promote staff and student well-being.

Gulf Shores Superintendent Matt Akin is excited to allow more physical activity for each school day.

“One of our core values ​​is health and fitness and we have a committee, which has been working for over a year, so we’ve been working on healthy eating, exercise, and so it’s not just our kids but it’s also our staff and today was about our community involvement,” Akin said.

Last year, the school system built a state-of-the-art bike barn giving students at Gulf Shores Elementary School the opportunity to ride bikes to some of their classes.

“We incorporate biking, through the backcountry trail, into our scientific environment, a lot of things are going on but we really believe in the physical well-being of a child,” Corcoran said.

City of Gulf Shores school officials tell us that the school system is focused on the mental and physical health of students and teachers…including exercise and other activities in their curriculum.