Walk with us...for Walk to School Week - May 20th - 24th
As you know, St. Stephen's is a great supporter of walking, scooting and cycling initiatives. Anything that promotes cleaner modes of transport and more active children gets our vote! This is why next week we will be taking part in Walk to School Week, in association with Living Streets.
The charity Living Streets has created the greatest national Walk to School celebration where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school. This year, to celebrate their 90th anniversary, the challenge will get to the heart of walking and how it can benefit the whole community as well as improve individual wellbeing.
All you have to do is leave the car at home and walk to school...we will be counting all our children's journeys each day next week and the classes who have the most children walking to school will be recognised and rewarded in next week's assembly.
We know that changing the school runs to school walks is not always a simple switch. It may be that you have children at different schools, a job to get to, you live too far away. But look at the benefits...
Click here for the Living Streets Family Walk to School Kit for loads of ideas and information about walking to school. The Living Streets website also has a handy Rate Your Walk tool which calculate your route's walkability score.
Living Streets has a vision for a society where every child who can, walks to and from school on safe, unpolluted and enjoyable streets. From better health to learning independence, switching the school run to a school walk has a myriad of benefits for children, parents and carers. For over 20 years, Living Streets has been campaigning to enable more children to walk to and from school. We have witnessed first hand the wonderful benefits this simple act can bring. The walk to and from school is an opportunity for children to be physically active, connect with their community and develop their independence and road safety skills. When more families walk this everyday journey, there are fewer cars on the road, helping tackle congestion, air pollution and traffic danger outside school gates.
And yet, rates of walking to school have been in decline for decades, contributing to an environment where 1 in 4 cars on the road during the morning peak are on the school run and over 2,000 schools and nurseries in England and Wales are within 150 metres of a road with illegal levels of air pollution. Over two-fifths of UK children in urban areas are concerned about air pollution near their school, according to polling conducted by YouGov (Sustrans & YouGov, 2018). High air pollution is becoming one of our biggest public health challenges, and it particularly negatively impacts children, as pollution can stunt the growth of their lungs.
We know that change can happen, to make the walk to and from school safe, healthy and easy for every child. Please click here to read Living Streets School Run Report .
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!