GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Dozens of local students missed their school bus on purpose Wednesday morning to take part in International Walk to School Day.

Parents, teachers and students from Our Savior Lutheran School gathered at Breton Village before taking the 20 minute walk to school. It's one of several healthrelated events organized by the Parent Teacher League this year.

"We started it off with an event called Good Eats, Move your Feet. We kicked it off with a zumba class. The following week we offered a 2-part series. For the parents we offered a healthy eating class and the children went to Team Map to learn about to learn about fitness and healthy choice," said Tenisa Frye, President of Parent Teacher League.

Frye says the walk to school event is a great way to get kids moving has been a great addition to the school's health initiative.

"Our Savior Lutheran School teaches spiritual health daily. It is also important to have physical health. If we teach the kids while they are young, when they get older they will be healthy adults. They have to learn now in order to implement it when they are older," she said.

Frye says one day alone will not make a difference, but believes International Walk to School day can be a great starting point for students West Michigan who want to improve their lifestyle.

"And it is so much easier when teachers and parents get involved," said Frye. "It has to be lifestyle."