Children walking to school got a surprise visit and a congratulatory high-five from Living Streets mascot Strider during Walk to School Week.
The children were given badges as a reward for walking to the school gates rather than being driven short journeys to school in a car.
Strider visited three schools starting at Iqra Primary School, Wexham Road, where pupils ran to tell Strider about their own walk to school. Strider then visited Castleview School, Woodstock Avenue and James Elliman Academy, Elliman Avenue.
The council’s sustainable transport team Better by supported schools during Walk to School Week which is a great initiative for the whole school community to give walking to school a go and see how it could fit into their day.
Salma Malik, home liaison officer at Iqra Primary School, said: “The children absolutely loved seeing the mascot and taking part in Walk to School week.”
Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and environmental services, said: “We hoped to encourage a swap from four wheels for two feet during Walk to School Week and see what difference it makes on children’s health and happiness.
“We also encourage staff, parents and pupils to walk to school not just for one week, but to see how easy it is to plan into the day and walk all the time, every week. We could see big differences that come from small steps, with healthier and happier children to fewer cars outside the school gates”
Walk to School Week is organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, as part of their National Walking Month campaign which ran throughout May.
Living Streets promotes walking to school as an easy way for children to get fit, be refreshed and ready to learn. They believe it is also a great way for children to be taught vital road safety skills and build lifelong healthy habits.
Over half a million pupils took part in Walk to School Week 2018 and schools still interested in attempting to change pupils behaviour can get packs which includes activities to take children on a special walking journey, including spotting some of the measures Living Streets has introduced in its 90 years, such as the zebra crossing
Note to editors:
Strider giving high-fives to Year 5 pupils (l-r) Sameer, Saleha and Jannah.