Northumberland schools take part in Walk to School month
October 19, 2020
Children and young people across Northumberland are choosing to walk to school as part of ‘International Walk to School’ month and youngsters across Cramlington are embracing the initiative as can be seen here with these photographs of pupils from Eastlea Primary School.
Walk to School month forms part of Living Streets yearlong WOW campaign to encourage children to be more active and contribute to there being less vehicles on the roads giving us cleaner air.
Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “This is a great initiative that gets our youngest residents understanding the importance of exercise and how that can also benefit our environment.
“It is lovely to see so many of our schools and children getting involved, reducing congestion on the roads and contributing to cleaner air for our county.”
‘International Walk to School’ month encourages much more than just walking. With focused weeks including Bring your Wheels to School, Be Safe week and Keep Walking, Keep Active.
Northumberland schools are getting involved where they can by promoting the month and Clean Air Day within their school community, taking part in Happy Shoesday, Bikers Breaktimes and delivering Be Bright Be Seen activities.
When students return to school following the half term break nights will be darker so, it gives schools an opportunity to also highlight the importance of road safety and about staying safe and being seen when out and about.
Cath McEvoy-Carr, Executive Director of Adult and Children’s services said: “It is great to see some of our schools getting involved where they can.
“We know it is difficult and things have to be done differently and in a safe way, but this is something that can help our children, help them learn and understand the benefits for them and for our environment.
“We remind anyone taking part during these times we still find ourselves in to do so safely; by respecting other people’s space and keeping distance.”
‘Walk to School’ month continues into the half-term, so families are too encouraged to get involved and keep active.
For find out more or for inspiration on how you can get involved head to > www.livingstreets.org.uk/