National Walk Safely to School Day gets kids moving rain, hail or shine
  • Friday 19 May 2017
The kids of Kuluin State School safely set off to school this morning with a spring in their step courtesy of Mayor Mark Jamieson.

Mayor Jamieson joined principal Mrs Alison Welch, Constable Clancy, and a group of 65 teachers, volunteers and excited students to kick-start their day.

“In its 18th year, National Walk Safely to School Day is the perfect opportunity for parents, teachers and students to talk about and practise walking and commuting safely to school and have a bit of fun too,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Today tops off a week of activities hosted by schools across the Sunshine Coast to encourage kids to find at least an hour of exercise per day to help keep them healthy and active.

“Some marched on Monday, trekked to school on Tuesday or put their best foot forward on Walk to School Wednesday.”

By taking part in activities, children become eligible to register to go into the draw to win great prizes.

Council’s TravelSmart team works with local schools to increase participation in active travel to school.

Last year, 1523 students from 51 schools across the region participated, and it’s anticipate this number will grow again this year.

Local Police and Neighbourhood Watch volunteers also participated in this year’s event.

Kuluin State School’s Adopt-aCop officer Senior Constable Zoe Brady loves this part of the job.

“Walking with the kids to school, talking with them about how to stay safe when they are near to, or crossing the road, and encouraging them to be active is what it is all about,” Senior Constable Brady said.

“I also see the additional benefits of helping to reduce traffic congestion around our schools.

“It is also timely to remind motorists to be extra vigilant in school zones and pay attention to road signage and school zone times and speed limits.”

Unfortunately some schools were unable to participate in their planned activities as the wet weather closed in on them.

To ensure that all children are recognised for embracing National Walk Safely to School Day (NWSTSD), council is pleased to announce it has extended the competition closing date to 5pm Friday, May 26. 

Students participating in any NWSTSD event up to and including May 26 will be eligible to enter. Registration* is easy via council’s website.

Make sure your kids are registered for their chance to win one of 10 children’s scooters or one of 10 children’s skateboards. Minor prizes up for grabs too.

National Walk Safely to School Day is an initiative of the Pedestrian Council of Australia and seeks to:

  • increase road safety awareness for parents and children
  • reduce traffic congestion around schools by encouraging children/families to try walking, scootering and skating to school for the first time with the view of doing it more often
  • improve student health and wellbeing.

Did you know?

  • Children younger than eight years old should always hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.

* Registration is open to students with the Sunshine Coast Council local government area. One registration per child.