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Pupils join in walk to school initiative

Croftway Primary School back Northumberland County Council's Walk to School Week.

Croftway Primary School back Northumberland County Council's Walk to School Week.

Pupils and parents are putting their best foot forward as schools encourage them to walk to school this week.

Walk to School Week (May 19 to 23) is an opportunity for families to leave their cars at home and make the journey on foot.

More than 40 schools and 8,000 pupils across Northumberland are taking part in the national scheme run by Living Streets to promote walking to school, with this year’s theme on reinforcing the benefits.

Northumberland County Council’s travel plan team works with county schools to promote sustainable travel, which can help reduce traffic congestion outside schools while increasing daily exercise children take and reduce environmental pollution.

Tracy Aitken, travel plan advisor at the council, said: “We always have a wonderful response to walk to school week with lots of schools wanting to get involved.

“Walking to school regularly is not only a brilliant way to encourage an active lifestyle, but it is also an opportunity to teach children vital road safety skills and ensure they are alert and ready to learn at the start of a new day.”

Croftway Academy in Blyth is leading the way in healthy living as Year 5 and 6 pupils are cycling to school following their Bikeability training, and the whole school have also had scooter training.

Headteacher Shirley Clements said: “Croftway pupils and parents recognise the importance of staying healthy and reducing traffic volume around their school – well done.”

 

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