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The Border Mail - Thursday 7 May, 2009

Schools take steps for health and safety

7/05/2009 12:00:00 AM
ALBURY students will be on track to better physical and mental health when they take part in national Walk Safely to School Day next Friday.

Albury North Public School will be among those to participate in the event, which asks parents and carers to walk safely to school with their children for either all or part of the way.

The event aims to develop healthy and active kids by encouraging them to exercise regularly, including at least 30 minutes of walking in their daily routine.

It also attempts to reduce hazardous traffic congestion and vehicle pollution around schools.

For students of Albury North, the event will focus on safe travel to and from school in particular.

“We do have issues with safety because we’re on the main highway,” principal Paul Smith said.

“So we encourage students who walk to and from school to use the traffic lights or school crossing provided.

“We will also be reminding parents not to call their children across the road.”

All schools around the nation will receive a Walk Safely to School Day kit including stickers, posters and a how-to-participate guide.

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