Walk to School month sees more par­tic­i­pa­tion

Mansfield Courier - - Opinions / People Courier -

THE VicHealth and Mans­field Shire Coun­cil Walk to School pro­gram has wrapped up for its sixth con­sec­u­tive year.

This year has seen even more stu­dents tak­ing ad­van­tage of walk­ing, rid­ing or scoot­ing to and from school for the whole month.

The pro­gram kicked off with coun­cil en­gag­ing the RACV to de­liver ‘Street Scene’, a road safety pro­gram tai­lored to suit lo­cal road safety needs in­clud­ing pedes­trian safety, bi­cy­cle safety and school drop off zone safety.

This was hosted at all five pri­mary schools in the shire.

In the school hol­i­days there was a Safe Cy­cle les­son fa­cil­i­tated by All Ter­rain Cy­cles, Mans­field.

This was a huge suc­cess with many stu­dents hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to learn the nec­es­sary skills needed to ride their bikes safely to and from school, while hav­ing loads of fun.

Mak­ing a re­turn to the pro­gram this year was the pop­u­lar ‘Walker of the Week’ pro­file fea­tur­ing in the Mans­field Courier for each week of Walk to School month.

Spon­sored by the Mans­field and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank, each walker was awarded a voucher for SportFirst Mans­field.

A new ad­di­tion, and cer­tainly a pop­u­lar one, was a Healthy Break­fast at each pri­mary school dur­ing the last week of the pro­gram.

Stu­dents were de­lighted to have break­fast at school, dig­ging into the fruit, yo­ghurt, ce­re­als and toast.

Di­eti­tian from Mans­field Dis­trict Hospi­tal, Lucy Marks, came along to speak to chil­dren about healthy eating and to of­fer some cre­ative ideas to take home.

Mans­field Shire coun­cil­lors also at­tended each break­fast to per­son­ally con­grat­u­late stu­dents and their schools on their awe­some ef­forts.

And fi­nally, to fin­ish off a busy and suc­cess­ful month, kids and par­ents got cre­ative for Dec­o­ra­tion Day.

An an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of all things Walk to School, stu­dents were en­cour­aged to dec­o­rate their shoes, scoot­ers or bikes for the day, with some awe­some prizes awarded to the most cre­ative dec­o­ra­tions.

Par­tic­i­pa­tion in Walk to School has been out­stand­ing this year, with coun­cil re­ceiv­ing great feed­back from schools, par­ents and com­mu­nity mem­bers.

Thanks to all those who par­tic­i­pated in cre­at­ing more healthy life­styles for our kids.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the VicHealth Walk to School pro­gram visit www.walk­toschool. vic.gov.au.

SUN’S OUT: Stu­dents from Mans­field Pri­mary en­joy­ing the sun­shine and a yummy break­fast.

BAL­LOONS: Sadie Brakels and Chelsea Wood, from St Mary’s, got into the spirit of Dec­o­ra­tion Day 2019.

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