Kids encouraged to walk to school

Claire McCollum and her children Samuel and Rosa 'Step Forward' in support of Walk to School Week 2012.
Claire McCollum and her children Samuel and Rosa 'Step Forward' in support of Walk to School Week 2012.
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NEWTOWNABBEY mum-of-two Claire McCollum is calling on children, parents and schools to ‘step forward’ in support of this year’s Walk to School Week.

The walking initiative encourages children to walk to school for the week, which starts on Monday, May 21.

Hundreds of schools are taking part including Carnmoney, Whiteabbey, Kilbride and Whitehouse primary schools.

Pupils are being encouraged to incorporate walking into their daily school journey as well as engaging in fun-filled activities that aim to raise the importance of making smart travel decisions.

The theme for this year’s initiative is ‘Step Forward in Time’ which aims to enhance pupils’ understanding of the importance of preserving the planet for future generations and encourages children to consider the significant contribution they can make by choosing more sustainable travel options.

Claire, who works as a TV presenter, said: “Walk to School Week is a hugely important initiative that addresses the drawbacks associated with car travel and encourages children to consider walking.

“Participation will ultimately come down to parents and I would encourage them to take the lead by leaving the car at home for the school run.

“If, like me, you don’t live within walking distance of your children’s school you can always drive part of the way, and walk the rest - it’s a great way to fit regular exercise into your children’s day as well as safeguarding the environment for future generations.”

To register for Walk to School Week contact Nuala McMullan at TravelwiseNI on Tel: 028 9054 0652.