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Friday 4 October 2019

Aspley pupils learn how to walk safely to school

Aspley state school students Nick Wall and Alana Russell with committee leader Leigh-Ann Rohde (C), walking to school. Picture: Russell Brown Source: Quest Newspapers

Aspley State School pupils are tying their laces and hitting the pavement today for Walk Safely to School Day.

The national day promotes regular walking and reinforces road-crossing skills among children.

School principal Andrew Duncan said it was the first year the school would take part in the initiative with children and parents encouraged to either walk, scoot or ride to school.

``Keeping kids safe on the roads is our biggest priority apart from teaching and learning,'' he said.

``Walking is also a great opportunity to get the kids active and and keeps a focus on travelling to and from school safely.''

Pupils will meet at Aspley Hypermarket from 7.30am for a sausage sizzle before the cohort makes their way to the school.

As well as taking part in Walk Safely to School Day, Aspley State School pupils have also been involved in Brisbane City Council's Active School Travel Program.

Every Tuesday is known as tackle traffic Tuesday and students who actively travel to school on that day collect stamps in their active school travel passports to earn rewards.

``Even if parents do it with them one day a week, it's teaching children to be active and walk to school instead of drive,'' Leigh-Ann Rohde of the Aspley State School Active Travel Committee said.

Councillor Norm Wyndham (McDowall) praised the school for taking part in bothinitiatives.

``If we all get out there and do a bit of walking and with parents and the principal behind it, we can only improve traffic behaviour around schools,'' Cr Wyndham said.

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