Movin'March - high fives for walking, wheeling & bus riding to school

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Movin'March - high fives for walking, wheeling & bus riding to school

School communities around the Wellington region are celebrating students who walk, wheel and ride the bus to school during Movin’March week, from Monday 26 March to Friday 30 March 2012.

Susan Hutchinson-Daniel, Greater Wellington’s Sustainable Transport Projects Coordinator, says more than 30 schools from Kapiti, Porirua, Hutt Valley, Wellington City and Wairarapa will run a range of activities to celebrate all kids and their families who walk, wheel or take the bus to school.

“Some schools are holding bike checks and cycle skills days, in other schools teachers will be heading out to the streets and walking with kids to school. Some are holding fancy feet or dress up your shoes days and kids in other schools will be plotting their safe walking and cycling routes to school. Other schools will be encouraging kids to make part of their journey on foot by creating a kiss and drop zone a little further away from the school.

“Movin’ March celebrates not only the kids who walk, wheel or take the bus to school but also their families and school staff who enable them to do this. Thanks to them, these students have gained the independence and road sense they need to travel safely on their journey to school.”

Walking, cycling and scooting to school gives children the opportunity to learn important life skills such as road safety, risk awareness, independence and decision making ability. It also improves their physical and mental well being.

Susan says special resources have also been developed for teachers to use during Movin’March. These include a safe route mapping activity that can be completed in class or as a homework activity, a Road Safety Champion’s Checklist for families and tools to plan a “Walk Your Parent to School Day”.

“All of the activities are an opportunity for kids to have fun and at the same time learn some really important stuff about safety, exercise and making good decisions.”

For more information, contact our media team.

 

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