- Tuesday 05 May 2015
Students across the Sunshine Coast are encouraged to register for Walk Safely to School Day on Friday, May 22 to get active and enter the draw to win scooters and skateboards.
Mayor Mark Jamieson and Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson today joined students at Brightwater State School to launch this year’s event which is being coordinated in this region by Sunshine Coast Council through its TravelSmart program.
“Walk Safely to School Day is all about getting kids moving to improve their health,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Walking regularly has so many health benefits for children. It can help prevent chronic problems like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and behavioural and mental health issues.
“Students can walk, scoot or skate to school as part of this event.
“Hopefully it will encourage our kids to walk to school not just on one day, but every day.”
Cr Dickson, divisional councillor for Brightwater State School, said not only was walking to school fun, especially when you’re with your friends, it boosted kids’ energy and helps them get their daily exercise.
“It also helps reduce traffic and parking problems around schools, and teaches your child about road safety,” Cr Dickson said.
“I’m sure we’ll see our school areas with plenty of kids walking on event day so please be careful if you’re on the roads around our schools.”
Some schools will be celebrating Walk to School Day on another day in the week.
Students participating in these walks (such as Walk to School Wednesday, Trek to School Tuesday, Walk Safe Thursday or Feet First Friday) in the week leading up to Walk to School Day are still eligible to register.
If driving to school is your only option, you can still participate by parking the car at least a kilometre away and then walking from there.
- Children younger than 10 should always hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road
- Drivers should always look for the signs and check the times in school zones
- Please take extra care if you are driving near schools on Walk Safely to School Day.