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Walk to School prompts fun, active mornings

Castlemaine North Primary students

Students got active and had fun in October as part of Walk to School Month.

Monday 6 November 2017

Primary school students across Mount Alexander Shire had a wonderful time getting active in October as part of Walk to School Month.

Twelve schools in Mount Alexander Shire participated in the month-long activity and celebrated with morning teas, school visits, craft sessions and more.

Mount Alexander Shire Council Active Communities Officer Edwina Reid said it was great to see so many kids out and about.

“We are still finalising the numbers but we believe more students than ever walked, rode or scooted to school this year,” said Ms Reid.

“Plenty of parents also joined in and caught up with friends at a local café and walked together,” she said.

Many fun and fabulous events and activities were held throughout October to celebrate Walk to School.

A special breakfast event was well attended at Castlemaine North Primary School with a live broadcast from MAINfm at the school. A Walk to School stall was also a feature at the Ride 2 Work morning at Winters Flat Primary School.

“Students absolutely loved decorating their shoes, bikes and scooters. We even had a few students decorating prams and their younger siblings!” said Ms Reid.

“We had a Star Wars theme this year, which included school visits by Luke Schoolwalker.

“Darth Carinvader made an appearance at one of the visits and Luke Schoolwalker and the students convinced him to ditch his car and jump on a bike.

“Improving health and wellbeing is one of our objectives in the Council Plan so this was such a great way to get kids active and have fun along the way.

“We hope that students and their families continue to ride, walk or scoot to school now that Walk to School month is over. The aim of the game is to keep those habits going!”

“Thank you to the many people who helped to make Walk to School Month such a success, including the schools and of course the kids who made the effort to walk, ride and scoot to school,” she said.

Walk to School Month is a VicHealth initiative which is a free, easy and fun way to get primary school kids and their families active. Check out photos on Council’s Facebook page.

Image: Students from Castlemaine North Primary School at their Walk to School morning parade.

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