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Students get active walking to school

Students line up with their bikes at the Walk to School event.

Hundreds of students in the shire are walking, riding and scooting to school in October.

Wednesday 17 October 2018

Students around Mount Alexander Shire are walking, riding and scooting to school in October as part of VicHealth's Walk to School Month.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is proudly supporting the initiative, which is a free, easy and fun way to get primary school kids and their families active.

“We have 12 local schools participating this year, which means there are hundreds of kids making their own way to and from school,” said Edwina Reid, Active Communities Officer, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Students are really excited to walk, ride or scoot to school, especially now the days are warming up,” said Ms Reid.

Council is hosting fun events at schools to promote the month-long initiative.

“The morning events include a decoration station where students bedazzle their bike or shoes, and a free healthy breakfast. Paddy from League of Kindness also comes along and brings some of his wacky bikes – it’s so much fun and the kids really enjoy it,” said Ms Reid.

Ms Reid said even though some families live quite a distance from school they can still get involved.

“If you usually drive your kids to school you could consider dropping them off a few blocks from school and getting them to walk the rest of the way.

“If your child isn’t ready to walk alone you can walk with them. It’s great way to get active together and teach road safety skills,” she said.

Check out photos of local kids walking, riding and scooting to school on Council’s Facebook page.

Image: Students at Campbells Creek Primary School line up for some fun at Council's Walk to School breakfast event.

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