Walk­ing brings great ben­e­fit to Alpine Schools

Alpine Observer - - Alive -

BY TATE SPI­TERI AND ALEX CRAIG

BRIL­LIANT spring weather across the month of Oc­to­ber has seen many Alpine Shire pri­mary school stu­dents join thou­sands of chil­dren from around the state in choos­ing to walk or ride to school.

Alpine Shire Mayor, Ron Janas, who was more than happy to sup­port “Walk to School Month” this month, said he en­cour­ages all lo­cal kids to walk or ride to school.

“Walk­ing or rid­ing to school is a great way for kids to keep ac­tive and get the rec­om­mended one hour of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity each day,” he said.

“Re­search shows that chil­dren who walk or cy­cle to school are more likely to be in­de­pen­dent and are gen­er­ally more phys­i­cally ac­tive and healthy.”

As an added bonus, each pri­mary school in the Shire has re­ceived a jumbo class­room sports pack which will be awarded to the classes at each school that had the most stu­dents walk­ing.

Of course it is not pos­si­ble for all ru­ral stu­dents to walk to school so Ded­erang Prima- ry has come up with a cre­ative so­lu­tion where stu­dents walk around the oval at lunch time.

On Fri­day, the Mt Beauty Pri­mary School also ran its an­nual fundrais­ing walkathon.

Stu­dents from grade prep to six, spon­sored by fam­ily and friends, com­pleted as many laps of the pondage as they could over a pe­riod of three hours.

Sammi Tat­ter­son, Katie Gar­diner and Dakota Charl­ton put in an ex­tra ef­fort by door­knock­ing in a group to col­lect some ex­tra do­na­tions.

The trio vis­ited 28 houses, and col­lected just shy of $300.

Alpine Shire Coun­cil De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer, Jewel Hall, added that driv­ers should al­ways be more alert when chil­dren were trav­el­ling by foot or bike to school.

“All driv­ers should slow down dur­ing school times and be aware that young chil­dren can be un­pre­dictable and dif­fi­cult to see,” she said.

“Par­ents can help their chil­dren stay safe by teach­ing them about road safety or by walk­ing with their young chil­dren.”

PHOTO: Alex Craig

UN­DER WAY: Mt Beauty Pri­mary School stu­dents com­mence their three hour ‘walkathon’.

OR­GAN­ISED: (back L-R) Sum­mer Caponec­chia, Will Dood­e­waard, Kade Fel­trin and (front l-r) Shar­mane McKin­non and Ri­ley Ellero pre­par­ing the prizes for the best ‘Walk to School’ class with year six co­or­di­na­tor Adam Lind­say.

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