Pupils step up pace in walk to school
THE nature of Walk Safely to School Day may be a leisurely stroll, but the race is on at Clontarf Beach State School.
Pupils will pound the pavement and experience the benefits of being active on Friday as part of the national event.
Organiser and teacher Mona Hardingham said the class with the most participants would win a prize.
``We thought one way to motivate the students was if we had a class challenge,’’ she said.
``We have a secret surprise from the teachers for the winning class.’’
Arranged by the Pedestrian Council of Australia it is designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle and less car travel to and from school.
``It’s all about good healthy fun,’’ Ms Hardingham.
Council chairman Harold Scruby said while it was fun, there were serious messages it aimed to impart to participants.
``National Walk Safely to School Day teaches vital lessons to young Australians,’’ he said.
``Lessons about health and lessons about saving the environment.’’
Deception Bay North State School is also taking part in the day.