Over the last two weeks the children and their parents took place in the Walk to School Challenge. The response from the community has been fantastic. The above graph shows the average percentage of children who took part in the challenge. The pupils on the Green School committee gathered the data and entered on MS Excel and then chose which type of graph they would use. They then shared this data with the different classes using the Interactive Whiteboards. As you can see, all the children made a fantastic effort. The children noted that they felt healthier, more awake and ready to learn when they walked to school. These findings are in line with research that outline the benefits of walking and cycling to school.
Walking helps protect the body from many serious illnesses later on in life. On average around half of all children do not do the minimum one hour a day of physical activity recommended. A brisk walk to school can help them get their daily exercise and arrive at school or home, refreshed and energised.
Walking can have a positive effect on a child’s emotional well-being. It can encourage independence, road sense and also be an opportunity to chat with friends.
The average drive to school and back releases 800g of CO2 into the air – enough to inflate over 60 balloons.
Encouraging your child to walk to school will save you money on transport fares or petrol money.
Thank you to all the children, parents, The Parents Association and the teachers who helped make our campaign a success. The next challenge is to keep up the good work.