County primary school pupils are showing off their ‘Walking Superpowers’ this Walk to School Week (17-21 May)
Pupils across Herefordshire will join thousands of children across the UK to celebrate the benefits of walking during Walk to School Week.
Last year, almost 200,000 children across the country took part in Walk to School Week, and this year the focus will be on the ‘walking superpowers’ that benefit individuals, communities and the planet.
Each day, pupils will be introduced to a brand new ‘Walking Superpower’ taking the form of a fun comic-book inspired design. ‘Super Strong’, ‘Super Smart’, ‘Super Smiley’, ‘Super Safe’ and ‘Super Sustainable’ will teach pupils about the benefits of being active and reinforce the power of walking. Daily reward stickers and special reward badges are up for grabs at the end of the week for those who travelled actively every day.
As part of Walk to School Week, the council’s Road Safety team have already given lessons to Broadlands, Marlbrook and Kington Schools, has a lesson booked at Trinity School, and spent Monday this week (17 May) at St Martin’s Primary School.
Cllr Ange Tyler, Cabinet member for Housing, regulatory services, and community safety, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Walk to School Week 2021. It is a great opportunity for children to learn about the benefits of walking, and the ‘Walking Superpower’ theme really shows how much fun can be had.
“They also learn invaluable information about how to stay safe when they’re out and about, and I’d like to thank the work of the Road Safety team and our local schools in helping to keep children safe throughout the county.”
More information on the work Herefordshire Council does to educate children about road safety is available on our website.
To find out about how we promote active travel, check out Choose How You Move.
Walk to School Week is organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking as part of their National Walking Month campaign each May. Families are encouraged to walk, cycle, scoot or ‘Park and Stride’ for the whole week to see the big differences that come from small steps, from healthier and happier children to fewer cars outside the school gates.
Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets said: “Walk to School Week is a fun, inclusive, free and simple activity, which improves the physical and mental wellbeing of children and celebrates walking for all. Pupils enjoy the health and happiness that comes from walking, while schools and local communities enjoy reduced congestion and pollution.
“We’re thrilled that families nationwide are joining us this week and enjoying the fresh air, fun, freedom, and friendship that walking to school brings.”
To find out more about Walk to School Week, visit livingstreets.org.uk/wtsw