Thousands of pupils put best foot forward

More than 4700 Northumberland school children will be putting their best foot forward as part of Walk to School Week.

Pupils from 31 schools in the county have joined the nationwide initiative, organised by Living Streets - the charity which aims to get people of all generations to enjoy the benefits of walking.
During Walk to School Week (21-25 May)  parents, pupils and teachers are encouraged to leave their car at home and walk, cycle or scoot to school. If the journey is too far to walk, then the message is, drive part way and walk the final stretch.

With as many as one in four cars on the road at peak times travelling to a school,  the campaign aims to get as many families as possible walking – reducing congestion, making our roads safer and helping to clean up our toxic air.

Northumberland County Councillor Wayne Daley, cabinet member for children’s services said:  "Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active. Walk to School Week is always popular with Northumberland schools. It is a brilliant way for children to get active, learn vital road safety skills and to make sure they’re alert and ready to learn at the start of a new day.”

This year the theme is the Walking Routes Challenge with pupils exploring the ecosystem of a tree. Participating schools have received classroom packs containing wall charts, pupil diaries and stickers to use during the week and pupils also receive a pack of sunflower seeds to grow in class or at home.  

Emma Hutchinson - PE leader at Corbridge First School said:

“There’s no better way to prepare for a day of learning than to spend some time in the fresh air walking through the local community, especially during the summer months.”

“We are pleased to take part in Walk to School Week which encourage families to take  a healthier approach to coming to school and help to reduce traffic congestion in and around the  school gates.”

Victoria Parr, Headteacher, Darras Hall Primary School said:

“ Walking to school is a brilliant way for children to get active and healthy, and is also an important opportunity for them to learn road safety skills. Fewer cars mean less congestion, less pollution and a much safer environment in and around our school.”

 
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