Walking safely the message for primary school students
|STEPPING OUT: Weir State School students Ashton Dean, 5, Thomas Hafner, 6, Charlotte Hafner, 9, and Seth Dean, 6, get into the spirit of the National Walk to School Day|
STUDENTS and parents of Weir State School in Kirwan are putting their best foot forward and leaving the car at home for National Walk Safely to School Day.
The initiative is aimed at primary schools in a bid to educate students on road safety while also reducing traffic and promoting healthier lifestyle choices.
The annual success of Walk Safely to School Day, now in its 13th year, depends not only on students taking a hike, but also on the community and motorists taking extra care on the roads.
RACQ community and education officer Karina Halliday said drivers should stay alert and expect the unexpected.
"We're anticipating a big increase in the number of students walking, cycling and riding scooters around school zones tomorrow, particularly at peak times between 7am to 9am and 3pm to 5pm," she said.
Australian Council for Educational Research Fellow Catherine Underwood said walking to school increased children's knowledge of their neighbourhood while also providing both health and environmental benefits.
"Research has shown that physical activity such as walking to school has a positive life-long impact on children, including greater cognitive, intellectual and social skills," she said.