PRIMARY schools from all over the state – including the Eastern Shore – participated in this year’s national walk to school day.
Now in its 18th year, the initiative encourages children to lead a healthier, more active lifestyle by simply including a walk at the beginning, at lunch-time and at the end of each day.
The event also promotes reduced car-dependency, greater use of public transport, cleaner air, improved diets and road safety to primary school children throughout Australia
At Lindisfarne North Primary School, walking to school is already a weekly event, with a group of parents and students walking to the Geilston Bay-based campus every Wednesday.
The group also walked together to school on National Walk Safely to School Day.
At the Corpus Christi Catholic School in Bellerive, long-time supporters of the event, students met at Bellerive Beach park and walked “up the hill” to school.
The school’s parents and friends’ association provided a healthy breakfast on the students’ arrival thanks to a donation provided by the Eastside Activity Centre and fresh bread rolls provided by Banjo’s Bakery Shoreline.
National Walk Safely to School Day organisers, the Pedestrian Council of Australia (PCA), said this year schools at remote locations like Zeehan on the west coast participated.
“The school encouraged parents and carers to walk to school with their primary age children to not only promote health benefits but help children develop road-crossing skills,” PCA Tasmanian representative Nick Turner said.
“On the other side of the state at Swansea, students and parents walked to school from the local football oval.
“The school says that this kind of activity is generally supported by the majority of the school community and parents are very happy to participate.
“In the state’s north-west, Ulverstone Primary School organised a number of meeting places for students, staff and families to walk to school together.
“Students met together at school and students were provided with fruit platters to share.”
Caption: From left, Atlanta Freeman, age six, Isabel Freeman, Cameron Jackman, age six, Sheryl Nutting, Jesse Hill, age six, and Alison Tegg at Lindisfarne North Primary School.