Pedal power makes stu­dents smile

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Chil­dren from sev­eral Kar­ratha schools took to the streets with dec­o­rated bikes and big smiles last Fri­day to cel­e­brate na­tional Ride2S­chool Day.

Kar­ratha Pri­mary School en­cour­aged its stu­dents to cy­cle in­stead of be­ing driven in and let them dec­o­rate their bikes as an in­cen­tive.

There was a bike pa­rade at the school as­sem­bly, with the best­dec­o­rated win­ning prizes.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Felic­ity Lam­pard said it was the first year the school had been in­volved in Ride2S­chool Day and it had plans to do more on bike safety.

“We re­ceived bike locks from the City of Kar­ratha last year, and from there we’ve de­vel­oped a bit of a bike safety pro­gram,” she said. “We’ve started to­day with Ride2S­chool Day, and next week we will be talk­ing about the safety aspects of rid­ing bikes and scoot­ers.

“When chil­dren live in the vicin­ity of schools, it’s im­por­tant they learn how to use their bikes in a safe way so they’re not in the aim of traf­fic and they are cour­te­ous as well.”

Millars Well Pri­mary School cel­e­brated Ride2S­chool Day with a sim­i­lar pa­rade, and prin­ci­pal Daryl Mans­field said it was a fun way for chil­dren to be more ac­tive.

“There are prob­a­bly 20 to 30 stu­dents who reg­u­larly ride to school, but to­day we have well over 100 and we even have staff get­ting in­volved,” he said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha Pri­mary School stu­dents Dar­cie Coven­try, 8, and Ella Ra­vat, 10, with their dec­o­rated bikes for Ride2S­chool Day.

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