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Anchorage students get a head start on summer with Bike to School Day

Of the 361 students at Huffman Elementary, nearly half biked to school Wednesday. The official count was 160 students, 40 parents and four staff members, according to Crystal Scott, a parent and Bike to School Day volunteer.

"It's been huge ever since we started eight years ago," said Huffman PE teacher Tasha Bergt. "The first year, we thought we'd get maybe 30 kids biking. We were so unprepared." Last year, Huffman had 227 students participate in the event, the most of any Anchorage School District campus.

By the time the school bells rang, bikes were filling the racks and spilling out around the parking lot.

On hand to greet students as they arrived were Olympian Holly Brooks and her 8-month-old twins, Brooks and Ruby Joy. "It's so great to see this," she said. "There are a bunch of kids that bike to school every day, and that's a lot different than biking one day. I hope that for the kids that came out today, that it was fun, and maybe they'll want to do more of it."

"This is so awesome, I'm so overwhelmed," said Bergt. "I'm really proud of all the kids and their parents who made this all happen. And I'm grateful for the community effort it takes to keep the kids safe on their way here."

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