Pounding the pavement all the way to school
23 May, 2012 12:00 AM
TOWNVIEW State School students joined their fellow scholars from all over the country by putting their safest foot forward to celebrate National Walk Safely to School Day on Friday.
Teachers, parents and community members accompanied the students to raise awareness of the important of getting to school safely and increasing their fitness.
National Walk Safely to School Day offers wide-ranging benefits to Australian children - promoting regular walking, reduced car-dependency, cleaner air, improved diets, public transport while reinforcing vital road-crossing skills children need.
Townview acting principal Shaye MacLeod said it was a great opportunity to raise students' awareness of finding their way to school safely.
"A great number of our students walk to school, so it's really important that they learn the best way to do this safely," she said.
Ms MacLeod said it was the second year the school had participated in the walk.
"It's great to see so many of our students and their families once again getting behind this great campaign," she said.
Year 4 student Ashton Rudken, who walks nearly 2km to school each day, said he enjoyed the benefits of walking to school.
"I like playing rugby league, so it's a good way to keep my fitness up," he said.
Surveys reveal more than 60 per cent of primary school aged children are being driven to school, denying them of invaluable exercise.
If the current trends continue, it's expected that more than one in three children will be overweight or obese by 2020.
SAFE WALK: Year 7 teacher Bianca Smith with students Jesse Power, Liam Handley, Richard Bower at the Townview State School crossing. - Picture:BRAD THOMPSON/5502
WINNERS: Year 4 students Ashton Rudken, Tai-Reece Hill and Jason Parsons proudly hold up their certificates for participating in National Walk Safely to School Day.- Picture:BRAD THOMPSON/5502