STAY SAFE: Alstonville Primary School Year 6 students Sean McCarthy, 10, and Elke Howell, 11, check both ways as they practise walking to school safely.
STAY SAFE: Alstonville Primary School Year 6 students Sean McCarthy, 10, and Elke Howell, 11, check both ways as they practise walking to school safely. Northern Star/Cathy Adams

Students are taking to the streets

STUDENTS from Alstonville Public School will hit the pavement today as part of national Walk Safely to School Day.

They will join more than 8000 primary schools across Australia that are expected to take part in the event, which encourages regular physical activity to keep kids healthy and active.

The day also aims to reduce traffic congestion and vehicle pollution around schools while giving children road safety experience.

Parents and carers are asked to walk their child- ren to school.

“It's become a tradition at Alstonville Public School. We've participated in the Walk Safely to School Day since its inception (10 years ago),” Alstonville Public School principal Lorraine Bryant said.

“It's good to get children into the habit of walking, and it's important children are given the skills to cross roads and move about safely in the community. About 200 to 300 children will be participating.”

The children at Alstonville have got their walking shoes on in anticipation of the big day.

“I will be walking to school on Friday because I enjoy being outside in the fresh air,” Year 6 student Sean McCarthy said. “I think it's important to exercise and it's better than being in a cramped car.”

Year 6 student Elke Howell said she was happy to walk because it would help the environment.

“It's important to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions from cars,” she said. “It's one of the biggest problems the environment faces today.”

To get involved in National Walk Safely to School Day visit www.walk.com.au.



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