This week has seen the launch of Sefton Park's participation in the Walk to School Challenge.
Many of our parent and carers will recognise that the school can become quite a dangerous place at the beginning and end of the school day with the number of cars that travel close to the school gates. As well as putting in preventative measures and continuing the make people aware of the dangers to our children, the school is encouraging as many children as possible to participate in the walk to school challenge. The following is a note from Living with Streets outlining the project.
We’re pleased to announce that Sefton Park School has been chosen to be part of an exciting project to encourage more children and their families to walk to school during the 2018/19 academic year.
The project is being delivered by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, in association with Bristol City Council and funded by the Department for Transport.
As part of the project our school will be taking part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge. WOW rewards children who walk to school at least once a week with a collectible badge each month. There are 11 badges to collect across the year and daily journeys are logged by pupils on our interactive Travel Tracker accessed through the school’s computer or whiteboard. If your family already cycles or scoots to school, these will count towards earning a WOW badge.
Why walk to school?
Our school is taking part because of the many benefits we believe it will bring to our children and the community. Walking to school helps children feel happier and healthier and even do better in class because they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn. And more families walking means less cars on the road during the school run, helping to reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates.
What if we can’t walk to school?
If you live too far away or don’t have time to walk the whole way to school, you can Park and Stride to earn your WOW badge. Park or hop off public transport at least ten minutes away from the school and walk the rest of the way.
For more information visit: www.livingstreets.org.uk/walktoschool.