Hampshire County Council is encouraging parents and carers to leave the car at home this Walk to School Week (15-19 May) and join the 94,000 Hampshire pupils already signed up walk to school for the week.
Walking to school is a great way for children to start the day. It can help children be more active and arrive at school more alert, improving general health and wellbeing, while at the same time easing congestion at the school gates at busy times. Walking to school can help teach children life-long road safety skills as they learn from their parents and carers how to cross roads and be aware of cars and cyclists.
94,000 school children across the county are expected to take part in Walk to School Week, with almost 400 schools in Hampshire showing their support. The aim of the national initiative is to encourage as many school children and their families to try walking to school, or part of the way, during Walk to School Week. A number of ‘led walks’ to schools will be taking place and all children taking part in Walk to School Week will receive a log book, certificate and stickers.
Walk to School Week is the initiative of national charity ‘Living Streets’. According to the charity, by walking to school, parents say they find the journey to school less stressful, their petrol bill goes down, their children perform better at school, and both they and their children feel healthier and fitter.
Find out more on the Living Streets website