Southern Grampians kids have made getting to school a walk in the park, with more than 1100 local
students walking, riding and scooting an impressive 9600 kilometres as part of VicHealth’s Walk to School
program.The students were among thousands of Victorian students who collectively travelled more than 1.7 million
kilometres – the equivalent of over 41,000 marathons –in last term’s program.
In Southern Grampians, Penshurst Primary School took out the prize for highest participation, with an
impressive 85% of students getting themselves to school every day.
Mayor Mary-Ann Brown said the walk to school initiative teaches kids that getting places actively can be
fun and helps them develop healthy habits.“Council is pleased to again have supported the Walk to School program and we hope to see new habits continue as school starts again this year. Congratulations to all students for their efforts in last year’s official Walk to School program, and most importantly to those schools whom have introduced new ongoing strategies to increase walking,” said Ms Brown.
Following the success of this annual program, plans are afoot to make active transport a new ‘normal’ within our district. A community forum held in Hamilton in late November has spurred local working groups to investigate a number of ‘walking’ school buses, permanent safe drop off zones, and volunteer drives to assist with supervision while children are walking to school.
“The response has been very encouraging and we can’t wait to start seeing more children using their own steam to get themselves to and fro school on a regular basis,” said GenR8 Change working group member, Ebony Jenkins.
If you’d like more information or to get involved with one of the local working groups, please contact Ebony at [email protected] or on 5551 8475.