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Pupils from Holy Trin­ity CofE Pri­mary School in Hal­stead joined with thou­sands of chil­dren across the UK to take part in In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Month, with help from lo­cal home­builders David Wil­son Homes Eastern Coun­ties. The school teamed up with the de­vel­oper, which sup­ported the cam­paign by do­nat­ing hivis­i­bil­ity kit bags for pupils to wear on their way to and from school dur­ing Oc­to­ber, which is Walk To School Month, and then through­out the rest of the year.

De­spite the av­er­age dis­tance to a pupil’s pri­mary school be­ing one mile, more than half of school chil­dren do not walk to school reg­u­larly, with an enor­mous 52% driven to school in cars or by other means (Na­tional Travel Sur­vey 2016).

Walk­ing to school ben­e­fits chil­dren and their par­ents by in­creas­ing ex­er­cise and sav­ing money on fuel, and it can even in­crease so­cial in­ter­ac­tion with other fam­i­lies who choose to walk to school and pre­vent stress by not driv­ing dur­ing the rush hour.

Mark Cotes, man­ag­ing direc­tor at David Wil­son Homes Eastern Coun­ties, said: ‘Holy Trin­ity CofE Pri­mary School is close to our St An­drew’s Gate devel­op­ment, so as fam­i­lies move into their new homes it is im­por­tant for us to sup­port In­ter­na­tional Walk to School Month and en­cour­age fam­i­lies to stay safe while walk­ing to and from school.’

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