Students from Bester Elementary had some company on their walk to school this morning.

“The police were here. The Hagerstown Fire Department was here. Both of our mayors were here to just find ways to show kids that no matter what they are going through or how hard they think they have it in the mornings that we care about them,” Bester Elementary Principal Kristi Batchell said.

While 60% to 70% of Bester Elementary students walk to school in the morning, parents at the school said the Community Walk was a way for community officials to make an impact. 

“Number one is that they can experience what the kids go through daily to get to school. Number two is that its mostly to encourage kids to actually go to school, especially when they have hardships like weather and distance,” Kay Papeskov, a Bester parent and PTA member, said.

Bester’s Community of hope Donated these shoes to remind students to not only come to school but to also be on time.

The principal, superintendent, current mayor David Gysbert and mayor-elect Bob Bruchey signed the shoes to support that message, a message of unity.

The two mayors came together to show that although they were political rivals, they both care about the community.

“So, to spend it here, even though it was a cold morning, it certainly warmed my soul to be a part of this program today and help support the community,” Gysberts said.