A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it's less than half.
We want to reverse this decline and want children to be energised and empowered and to make walking to school their natural choice.
As a result, from the beginning of November we are re-introducing the Walk to School initiative, promoted by UK charity Living Streets, to all children in Reception to Year 2. This is a county-wide campaign, encouraging both children and adults to take more physical exercise and to reduce the number of cars outside schools at busy times.
Children will earn a 'footprint' badge if they walk to school every Wednesday each month. We appreciate that this is not always possible, however you could park your car at the Methodist Church on Shrewsbury Street/Clive Road and walk the 'last stretch'.
For children who do not have an opportunity to walk to school to earn their badges, you can walk with them around the perimeter of the main school playground, therefore participating in the physical activity.
WOW, Walk on Wednesday, badges are designed by school children and manufactured in the UK from recycled yogurt pot material. January sees the launch of the design a badge competition. Further details will follow allowing your child to take part.
In May, schools across the UK will be encouraged to take in 'Happy Shoeday' where children and staff will be encouraged to wear their happiest shoes to school and donate £1 to Living Streets. It's a lot of fun and a great chance to get people talking and thinking about walking. Money raised will support their work across the UK, tackling issues such as air pollution, road safety, isolation and health problems.
Join us, thousands of schools and around one million pupils across the UK to make walking the natural choice and part of every child's daily routine. We do hope that you enjoy walking to school with your children and encourage others to join in!