PUPILS of Frodsham Church of England Primary School are striding out in support of National Walk to School Week.
They are among two million primary school children up and down the country stepping up to national charity Living Streets’ annual challenge to ditch the ride to school.
Headteacher Gail Fullbrook said: “Nearly all our pupils live within half a mile of school, an easily walkable distance. Our lollipop lady, Mrs Davies, ensures the children cross the main road safely, and Walk to School week is a good opportunity to remind them that walking is a good time to meet and chat with friends whilst getting some exercise.
“Where children live too far to walk all the way to school, we are encouraging them to ask their parents if they can walk at least part of the way.”
“Children feel more alert and ready to learn after exercise and the local roads are safer for us all if there are fewer cars on them. Our school Eco Group, who have worked hard to achieve the Silver Eco School Award, aims to reduce our carbon footprint and this is a good way to support that.”
Fifty percent of pupils are regularly driven to and from school in cars, a growing trend which contributes to reduced physical activity and increased childhood obesity, urban congestion and air pollution, said Living Streets chief executive Tony Armstrong.
“Walking to school is a brilliant way of getting some regular exercise into a child’s day,” he said. “When they are bundled from front door to car door, children miss out on the opportunity to socialise with friends, get to know their local community, learn vital road safety skills and burn off some energy before getting their heads down in the books.”