More than 10,000 children in Wokingham will take part in National Walk to School Week (16 – 20 May).
This year’s theme – ‘Walk Smart’ – aims to teach vital messages about road safety. The event also helps children to learn awareness and orientation skills, which assist them to walk independently as they grow older.
Children from 38 nursery, infant, junior and primary schools across Wokingham will be putting their best feet forward as part of the initiative. To encourage children to walk to school they are presented with stickers in recognition of taking the healthier route to class.
Schools are also provided with wall charts and stickers to monitor how far classmates have walked over the week; and to work towards a collective target. Several schools are also planning to hold special road safety assemblies during the week.
Heather Eley, Wokingham’s school travel advisor, said: “This year, we are asking parents and children to have a go at walking to school. Walking is great for children’s health and road sense and can help them interact with their local environment and be more independent when they are older. Research also shows that children who walk to school are more alert in lessons and can take in more information at school.
For more information contact James Sherwood, Wokingham Borough Council, on 0118 974 6030.