Photos: Norris School walks the walk

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  • Norris School Principal Aliza Pluta exchanges high fives with fifth graders Valerie West, Katie Kennedy and Albeena Verdokhlebovka embarking on National Walk to School Day. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Jillian Allen, undaunted by a recently sprained ankle, takes part in National Walk to School Day with third grade classmates Mackenzie Provost, left, and Raquelle Denoronha. —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

  • Norris School third graders Ava Westcott, left, Cayden Dionne, Derek Nuttelman, Michael Hogan and Brody Watkins pump their fists to encourage passing drivers to honk as they walk up College Highway (Rt. 10). —STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN GUTTING

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Published: 10/2/2019 6:01:21 PM

SOUTHAMPTON – Most of the Norris Elementary School student body, some 500+ strong, and their teachers made the one-mile walk from the town fire department on College Highway to the school on Pomeroy Meadow Road on Wednesday in celebration of National Walk to School Day. Principal Aliza Pluta exchanged high fives with the excited students as they departed the parking lot, by grade and class, with an escort from the town’s police and fire departments.

One boy dribbled a basketball the entire way. Third grader Jillian Allen, who said she’d sprained her ankle getting off a ride at the Big E, made it three quarters of the way on crutches – but then was relieved to trade them in for a ride in a stroller pushed by a schoolmate’s parent. Pluta, who has been at Norris School for six years, believes the annual event, which always falls on the first Wednesday of October, has been a tradition at the school for about 12 years.

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