Walking brings great benefit to Alpine Schools
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.”
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.