WALK: Kerang South Primary School students took part in Walk to School Month events last Friday.CHILDREN are walking or riding to school this month in an effort to claim an inaugural Gannawarra Shire-wide prize.
October is Walk to School Month, with the shire running events for the municipality’s 10 primary schools.
As part of the program, councillors and shire staff have started visiting schools to outline why it is important for children to be active.
Four local schools – Kerang Christian College, Kerang Primary School, Kerang South Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School – are also competing for the Golden Shoe, with points accumulated each time students walk or ride to and from school.
The class with the highest points in each school will receive the trophy, with all schools in the municipality invited to take part in the initiative.
“We think it is very important to promote lifestyle choices, and Walk to School Month is a great way to encourage children to skate, walk, ride or scoot to school,” Cr Mark Arians said during a visit to Kerang South Primary School last Friday.
“Not only is walking or riding to school healthy, it also encourages children to socialise with their mates.”
Each school will host an event this month, with sessions including the premiere of the shire’s Ride to School video, funded by Bicycle Victoria.
Northern District Community Health Service staff will also attend, teaching children about the right food and drink choices, with other presentations relating to being resilient and keeping active occurring.
Festivities conclude with a walk around the school, with fruit, milk and water served afterwards.
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