Chil­dren use their feet to ar­rive for a day at school

Pilbara News - - Education - Ali­cia Per­era

■ The mums and dads of Pan­na­won­ica ditched the school dropoff en masse for char­ity on Thurs­day, when the whole of Pan­na­won­ica Pri­mary School took part in the Na­tional Heart Foundation’s Walk to School Day.

Al­most all the 116 stu­dents walked to school with their par­ents, ar­riv­ing to a healthy break­fast of ce­real, fruit salad and yo­ghurt put on by teach­ers, and plenty of Heart Foundation mer­chan­dise.

School reg­is­trar Sa­man­tha Sylva said it had been a great turnout.

“The kids re­ally en­joy get­ting to­gether,” she said.

“It’s a good com­mu­nity event as well, get­ting to­gether par­ents and stu­dents and teach­ers.”

Walk to School Day is part of the Heart Foundation’s Walk Over Oc­to­ber cam­paign, which en­cour­ages Aus­tralians to be more ac­tive to look af­ter their car­dio­vas­cu­lar health.

Pan­na­won­ica Pri­mary School has taken part for sev­eral years now, and the teach­ers ac­tively pro­moted this year’s event by send­ing SMS mes­sages and notes to par­ents and writ­ing re­minders on white­boards.

Mrs Sylva said the event got big­ger ev­ery year.

“It felt like this year we had 100 per cent par­tic­i­pa­tion by ev­ery­one in the school for the first time,” she said.

Pic­tures: Pan­na­won­ica Pri­mary School

Cooper Wal­lace-Walker, 7, Kay­den, 8, and Hay­ley Per­ci­val, 6, and Jes­sica Sylva, 7, en­joy a healthy break­fast at school.

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