HOMEBUILDER BRIGHTENS UP PUPILS’ WALK TO SCHOOL
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.’