Mansfield walks to school for a month
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.