Mass Walk to School Week in Cramlington

The children of Cramlington Shanklea Primary School will be ending Walk to School Week in style by joining together for a mass walk to school on Friday 22 May.

Cramlington Shanklea Primary is one of six schools in Cramlington encouraging children and their parents or carers toleave the car at home and give walking a go during Living Streets’ Walk to School Week (18 -22 May).

Living Streets is teaming up with the Education Network this year to promote Walk to School Week in Northumberland and provide Strider’s Healthy Walking Challenge packs to the six schools in Cramlington, in partnership with Northumberland County Council’s Go Smarter initiative.

Walking Challenge packs are being provided free of charge to all six schools, thanks to the kind sponsorship of The Education Network.

Living Streets runs the national Walk to School campaign, and says parents who walk can find the journey to school less stressful, their petrol bill goes down, their children perform better at school and that they and their children, feel healthier and fitter. Teachers even report that those pupils who walk to school are more attentive once they reach their desks.

The pupils will be arriving at school at 8.30am. To highlight the benefits of walking to school, they will be met by the Walk to School Week mascot, Strider, who will reward pupils who have walked with badges.

Walking to school is a brilliant way to get active and healthy. It’s also a great opportunity for children to learn vital road safety skills and make sure they’re alert and ready to learn at the start of a new day.

Over 500,000 pupils took part in Walk to School Week 2014 – and this year is shaping up to be even bigger.

Helen Brown, Head Teacher at Cramlington Shanklea Primary School said:

“At Shanklea Primary School we are always looking for ways to encourage our pupils to keep healthy and active and taking part in Walk to School Week is a great way to promote this.

“Walking, cycling or scooting to school encourages pupils to get some fresh air and exercise every day and pupils arrive at school ready for the day ahead. It’s also a great way to teach children those vital road safety skills and could also reduce the amount of traffic near our school.”

Tracy Aitken, Travel Plan Advisor, Northumberland County Council, said:

“Walk to School week is always popular with Northumberland schools and this year we are delighted to be working with The Education Network and Living Streets in supporting Walk to School Week in Cramlington.

“Walking to school regularly is not only a brilliant way to encourage an active lifestyle, but it is also an opportunity to teach your children vital road safety skills and ensure they are alert and ready to learn at the start of a new day. Dedicating a week to walking to school is a perfect way to emphasise the benefits.”

Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of Living Streets said:

“This May, we’re urging families up and down the country to participate in Walk to School Week. It is so easy to overlook the many health benefits of walking, so this May we are raising awareness and urging children and families to put their best foot forward and give walking a go.”

Kevin Gill, Managing Director The Education Network said:

“We at the Education Network are firm believers that active children are motivated children, this is why we support so many initiatives designed to get youngsters moving. Exercise goes hand-in-hand with successful learning and we are proud to be involved with such a worthwhile project as Walk to School Week.”