Ac­tive school kids

Movin’March tar­get­ing ex­er­cise

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Reg­is­tra­tions are open for Movin’March, a week-long cel­e­bra­tion of chil­dren and fam­i­lies who walk, scoot, skate or cy­cle to school.

The week of March 23 till 27 was an op­por­tu­nity to high five all those chil­dren who go to school on foot, bike, skate­board or scooter and to en­cour­age oth­ers to give it a go, said Me­lanie Thorn­ton, Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil’s sus­tain­able trans­port manager.

‘‘A high­light of the week is All In Day, in which the aim is to have ev­ery child in the school walk­ing, cy­cling, scoot­ing or skat­ing all or part of the way to school,’’ she said.

‘‘Par­ents who need to drive their chil­dren to school are en­cour­aged to drop them off a cou­ple of blocks fur­ther away.’’

‘‘Trav­el­ling to and from school on foot or on a bike, skate­board or scooter is not only fun, free­ing and makes you feel good, but it also gives you the chance to learn es­sen­tial road safety skills and be in­de­pen­dent.’’

Schools are be­ing en­cour­aged to in­cor­po­rate the ac­tive travel theme into their cur­ricu­lum.

‘‘ For ex­am­ple, for art that week kids could cre­ate a col­lage us­ing leaves, feath­ers or other bits and pieces they’ve col­lected on their way to and from school,’’ Thorn­ton said.

‘‘Maths classes could gather some statis­tics about the num­ber of chil­dren who travel by foot, bike, scooter, skate­board, bus or car and turn that into bar graphs or pie charts.’’

Schools that en­ter the writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion – where you share story, poem, song or rap about your jour­ney to school – au­to­mat­i­cally re­ceive a book for their school li­brary and go in the draw to win a ma­jor prize.

Movin’March is open to pri­mary schools through­out the Welling­ton re­gion.

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