Alpine Shire sets primary schools on the right path
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’.