Walk to School
Walk to School 2016 is a VicHealth initiative that encourages primary school children to walk to and from school as often as possible throughout October.
Why schools love to be involved
Walking to school is a great way to start the day and VicHealth’s Walk to School program is a celebration of that. This October, Council will work with VicHealth to highlight the benefits of active travel and encourage families to give it a go.
Walking is free and sociable, and it helps kids to reach their recommended physical activity quota of 1 hour per day.
Walking has the added benefit of reducing local traffic congestion and parking demand and it’s better for the environment.
Walk to School support pack for Yarra Schools
Ten Yarra schools have signed up for VicHealth’s Walk to School program supported by Yarra this October. The schools are: Carlton North Primary School, Clifton Hill Primary School, Deutsche Schule Melbourne, Fitzroy Community School, Fitzroy North Primary School, Merri Creek Primary School, Spensley Street Primary School, St. John's School and Trinity Catholic School.
Participating schools have received assistance with planning their own customised version of the program and a $300 project voucher to help promote and celebrate the month. Following a competition, one school was awarded the opportunity to host the Yarra Walk to School Ambassadors from Circus Oz at their Walk to School Celebration Assembly. Three of the schools are also participating in Yarra’s Activate! pilot program designed to address concerns about safety and traffic congestion and creating opportunities for healthy, active travel.
For more information on VicHealth's Walk to School program, visit www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au
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Sustainable Transport Officer