Heathmont Students Promote the National Walk Safely to School Day

June 24, 2011 by  

Seven year old Jed wore his “Walk Safely To School Day” t-shirt in Heathmont to let everyone know that he was walking to school on Friday, May 20th along with most of his classmates at Marlborough Primary School, according to the Maroondah Leader.

The school engaged in some serious organising, including flyer printing and t-shirt printing, to draw attention to the messages of childhood exercise and healthy eating during the National Walk Safe to School Day.

The school also recruited the help of volunteer parents to direct students from three chosen walking markers on that day. Many of the children who normally get driven to school could easily walk from the collection points they set up. Parents are sometimes worried about letting their kids walk alone, so walking in groups is the perfect solution for child safety, while also encouraging child health and fitness. Marlborough Primary School hopes to use the day as a way of educating both children and their parents about the advantages of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and the school plans to continue supporting students to walk to school.

Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is a yearly, Australia-wide event when all primary school children are suggested to commute and walk safely to school. The official website encourages schools to promote the event locally through flyer printing and other media outlets. A kit that includes WSTSD posters and stickers is posted to all primary schools, including every public, private and Catholic school in Australia, in early March per year. Additionally, the kit is distributed to all Councils across Australia.