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Students embrace active mornings

Students on bikes participating in group activities.

Students across the shire have had plenty of fun participating in activities as part of Walk to School month.

Tuesday 30 October 2018

October is Walk to School month and hundreds of primary students around Mount Alexander Shire are having a wonderful time walking, riding and scooting to and from school.

Twelve local primary schools are participating in the VicHealth initiative, with Mount Alexander Shire Council hosting fun morning events.

“Students have loved decorating their bikes and shoes, but the highlight has certainly been trying out all the amazing bikes with Paddy from League of Kindness,” said Edwina Reid, Active Communities Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“It’s been a delight to see kids of all ages getting in and having a go on penny farthings, a double-decker uber bike, side-car bike and bikes that feel as though you’re riding over corrugations,” said Ms Reid.

“Students have shared, taken turns, laughed and had a blast as they tried out Paddy’s amazing and wacky contraptions. Many parents and teachers also got in on the act,” she said.

“I tried out the double decker bike. It was a bit scary but once I got the hang of it, it was really fun,” said one student from Chewton Primary School.

“I wish this went all day!,” said a student from Campbells Creek Primary School.

“It’s so fun. I’d love to do it again,” said a student at St Mary’s Primary School.

Council staff also visited smaller schools like Langley Primary School, which has nine students. This is the first year they have participated in the month-long initiative.

“I couldn’t ever imagine that our school could participate in Walk to School as we’re on a busy road and all students travel to school by bus or car,” said Frances Langenberg, Langley Primary School Principal.

“But we’ve incorporated walking around the school into our morning activities, which has been fantastic. The students have enjoyed it and particularly loved the morning event where they decorated their bikes, shoes and scooters,” she said.

While Walk to School finishes on Friday 2 November, the aim is for students to keep the habits going.

“We’d love to see students and their families continuing to get active each morning and walking, riding or scooting to school,” said Ms Reid.

“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 and from school,” she said.

Check out photos of school events on Council’s Facebook page.

Image: Walk to School events at Chewton and Campbells Creek.

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