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Students embrace Walk to School Month

Brightly decorated bikes

Monday 23 October 2017

October is Walk to School Month and Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging all primary school children to get active this month and walk, ride or scoot to school.

There are great prizes up for grabs for participating schools, along with visits from a very special guest, Luke Schoolwalker.

“It’s been great to see so many kids out and about, making their way to school each morning,” said Edwina Reid, Active Communities Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We’re hoping to see even more students getting active on their way to school. There are plenty of fun activities to get them involved,” said Ms Reid.

“Our special guest, Luke Schoolwalker, has visited a couple of schools in the shire and had lots of fun with kids as they discover new ways to get active,” said Ms Reid.

“We’ve seen some beautifully decorated shoes and bikes already, and we’re hoping to see even more fantastic examples.”

“There are great prizes for schools so we encourage everyone to get involved, have some fun and get active,” she said.

Ms Reid said families are getting into Walk to School Month.

“Families are out and about experimenting with ways to incorporate activity in getting to and from school,” said Ms Reid.

“Not everyone can walk all the way, but it’s lovely to see families parking further away from school than they may usually do and walking that distance together.”

“There’s also been many meeting up at cafés, grabbing a coffee, and enjoying the walk together from there,” she said.

“Keep up the great work!”

Walk to School month is an initiative by VicHealth and is a free, easy and fun way to get primary school kids and their families active.

Eleven primary schools in the shire are participating in Walk to School Month including Campbells Creek, Castlemaine, Castlemaine North, Castlemaine Steiner, Chewton, Guildford, Harcourt Valley, Maldon, St Mary’s, Taradale and Winters Flat.

Stay in touch with local Walk to School activities and photos on Council’s Facebook page.

Image caption: Students are getting creative and decorating bikes, shoes and scooters as part of Walk to School Month.

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