Mans­field walks to school for a month

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

FROM Oc­to­ber 9 to No­vem­ber 3 is VicHealth Walk to School month, and for the fifth straight year Mans­field Shire’s pri­mary schools are gear­ing up to ‘Walk, Ride or Scoot’ to and from school.

Mayor Paul Volkering has en­cour­aged par­ents and stu­dents to get on board with VicHealth’s Walk to School month when school re­turns in term 4.

“When I was prin­ci­pal of Mans­field Pri­mary I saw first­hand how this pro­gram can pro­vide long term ben­e­fits such as im­prov­ing fit­ness, friend­ships, con­fi­dence and con­nec­tion with the en­vi­ron­ment,” Cr Volkering said.

“All lo­cal pri­mary schools in the shire are great sup­port­ers of the pro­gram.

“We know it’s of­ten dif­fi­cult for fam­i­lies who live out of town to par­tic­i­pate.

“Mer­ri­jig and J amieson Pri­mary are great ex­am­ples of this and go above and be­yond by en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents at lunchtime and re­cess to com­plete their walk to school ac­tiv­i­ties, such as the scav­enger hunt this year.”

This year’s Walk to School pro­gram also in­cludes a new ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age school stu­dents to ride their bikes to school safely.

In an ef­fort to in­clude stu- dents in the pro­gram who are just out­side of walk­ing dis­tance to school, coun­cil is fa­cil­i­tat­ing a free safe cy­cling ‘Ride ‘N’ Go’ bike les­son to teach stu­dents the skills nec­es­sary for them to com­pe­tently ride their bikes to and from school.

Qual­i­fied Cy­cling Vic­to­ria coaches will hold the two-hour les­son at the Mans­field Recre­ation Re­serve on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 5 from 10am.

Util­is­ing VicHealth fund­ing, coun­cil can look at hold­ing ad­di­tional lessons if the de­mand is there.

Also new for 2017 is the Walk to School scav­enger hunts.

Coun­cil has de­vel­oped scav- en­ger hunts for stu­dents to com­plete as they walk, ride or scoot to and from school.

These hunts were dis­trib­uted to schools and went home with stu­dents at the end of term 3.

All schools will re­ceive stu­dent cer­tifi­cates to cel­e­brate their stu­dents’ achieve­ments, and will be in the run­ning for a se­ries of prizes pro­vided by VicHealth.

Coun­cil also has some great prizes up for grabs for out­stand­ing ef­forts by stu­dents.

Plus, a ‘Walker of the Week’ prize, which will be ran­domly awarded to stu­dents spot­ted walk­ing, rid­ing or scoot­ing to or from school.

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