2017 Walk to School has begun!

Published on 13 October 2017

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2017 Walk to School has begun!

Media Release

Walk to School has kicked off across Gannawarra Shire with children being encouraged to walk, ride or scoot to school, or the school bus, throughout October.

Mayor Brian Gibson says the VicHealth Walk to School program is a great initiative which encourages Victorian primary school kids to walk, ride or scoot to and from school.

“It’s always great to see children out and about enjoying the sunshine and being active in our communities,” said Mayor Gibson.

“Walking to and from school, or the school bus is a great way for children to get their 60 minutes of recommended physical activity each day and it also helps them to learn while at school.”

This year as part of the program Council is supporting seven primary schools to run Gannawarra Golden Shoe Trophy competitions where the class with the highest participation will be presented with a trophy at the start of November. Drop Park Walk Active Travel Routes to Schools are also being trialled with Kerang South Primary School, Kerang Primary School, Murrabit Group School and Leitchville Primary School.

Students and parents can participate in the Drop Park Walk Active Travel Routes near their schools by stopping at the designated areas and walking, riding or scooting the rest of the way to school. The routes are highlighted by footpath stencils, and include eye-catching feet stencils leading the way to school.

“I encourage community members to join in by getting out and about enjoying the sunshine and being active in our communities. Please watch out for children on our roads and footpaths as they walk, ride or scoot to school, or the school bus,” says Mayor Gibson.

Last month children from Lake Charm Primary school headed into the Mixx FM Studio in Swan Hill to record this year’s Walk to School radio ad. Make sure you listen out for it on Mixx FM during October!

Lake Charm Primary School students can be heard promoting the benefits of walking, riding and scooting to and from school including practicing the road safety skills of stop, look, listen and think, as well improving learning outcomes, connecting with our community and creating healthy habits for life.  

“We encourage community members to tune into 98.7 MixxFM radio and hear the Walk to School advertisement put together by the students from Lake Charm Primary School,” says Mayor Gibson.

To keep up to date with the Walk to School activities be sure to log on to the blog at http://gannawarrawalkstoschool.blogspot.com.au/ or contact Council on (03) 5450 9333.

For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website www.gsc.vic.gov.au


Date: 13 October 2017

Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627