Alpine Shire sets pri­mary schools on the right path

Myrtleford Times - - News -

ALPINE Shire’s nine pri­mary schools will par­tic­i­pate in this year’s ‘Walk to School Day’ next month.

Alpine coun­cil has been working closely with lo­cal schools to en­cour­age more fam­i­lies to walk, ride or scoot in the morn­ing, with all cam­puses reg­is­tered to take part in in the pro­gram be­tween Oc­to­ber 9 and Novem­ber 3.

Alpine mayor Ron Janas said ‘Walk to School Day’ aligned with one of strate­gic ob­jec­tives set out in the 2017-21 coun­cil plan for a thriv­ing and con­nected community.

He said it was a great re­minder of how a sim­ple ac­tiv­ity can im­prove a person’s over­all well­be­ing.

“Walk­ing to school is free, easy and a fun way for chil­dren to get ac­tive and learn healthy habits,” Cr Janas said.

“We’ve been working with VicHealth and our lo­cal schools to en­cour­age chil­dren and their par­ents to en­joy the day.

“We’re working with schools to pro­vide sig­nage and es­tab­lish ‘Drop and Walk Zones’ for fam­i­lies that live far away from their school so they can also par­tic­i­pate.”

The coun­cil se­cured a $10,000 grant from VicHealth and along with $5,500 of its own funds put to­gether sport­ing equip­ment prize packs for all the schools that reg­is­tered.

The packs have a fo­cus on items to as­sist with the devel­op­ment of hand eye co­or­di­na­tion skills and ac­tive play and in­clude pad­dle and scoop ball sets, catch tail balls and eight­inch play­balls.

They were de­liv­ered in a large sports bag for stu­dents and class­room teach­ers to use dur­ing re­cess or when con­duct­ing phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion ses­sions.

Schools that reg­is­ter the great­est num­ber of par­tic­i­pants in this year’s ‘Walk to School Day’ will be awarded an ad­di­tional prize.

VicHealth chief ex­ec­u­tive Jer­ril Rechter said each year the ‘Walk to School’ pro­gram con­tin­ued to grow.

“Last year more than 144,000 kids from over 750 schools across Vic­to­ria took part in ‘Walk to School’,” she said.

“To­gether they walked more than 2.2 mil­lion kilo­me­tres – the equiv­a­lent of walk­ing al­most 55 times around the world.

“If you can’t walk all the way, there are many great op­por­tu­ni­ties to get in­volved and sup­port your school. Try park­ing the car a few blocks from school and walk, ride or scoot the rest.”

FUN AND FIT­NESS: Myrtle­ford P12 Col­lege sports cap­tains James Lennox, Evie Hughes, Han­nah Pear, Ezra Greatorix, Lani Cousins and teacher Adam Lind­say with their prize pack for regis­ter­ing for ‘Walk to School Day’.

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