Green schools en­cour­ag­ing health­ier school jour­neys

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By FER­GUS DENNEHY

AS the new school year be­gins to set­tle back into its fa­mil­iar rou­tine, mem­bers of the Green School Travel Team here in Kerry are on a mis­sion to en­cour­age a health­ier ap­proach to the daily school com­mute, all part of a Green Schools cam­paign.

The team are busy pro­mot­ing the re­minder that the hu­man body is a mode of trans­port in it­self and that weather and safety de­pend­ing, that chil­dren should not get into the habit of be­ing driven di­rectly from the bed to the desk.

“It’s back to school time again! I would en­cour­age all par­ents to look at how they get their chil­dren to school and see if it’s pos­si­ble to start a good habit at the be­gin­ning of the school year around ac­tive travel to school,” says the spokesper­son from the An Taisce Green Schools Pro­gramme.

“Can you park ‘n stride with your child? Walk all the way or cy­cle? Maybe car pool? Chil­dren are de­signed to be phys­i­cally ac­tive and they love move­ment. It makes it eas­ier for them to sit still in class once they get there and it makes them hap­pier to be given a chance to move first thing in the morn­ing,” the re­lease con­tin­ues.

“So why now make a new school year res­o­lu­tion and get your chil­dren, and you, to school in a health­ier greener way this school year. You’ ll also be help­ing your school with its Green-Schools Pro­gramme and help­ing it main­tain it’s Green Flag,” it fin­ishes.

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