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Teachers and pupils to benefit from walk to school initiative

28/09/2012 Joanna
Teachers and pupils at seven schools in Stoke-on-Trent are set to benefit after they joined a walk to school initiative.

Over the next three years, a further 60 schools are expected to sign up for the scheme which is being run by Stoke-on-Trent City Council and national charity Living Streets, the Sentinel reported.

The council recently became one of ten authorities to profit from a £4.76 million package of measures to promote walking to school through working with Living Streets, whose Walk to School campaign has been running since 1995 and now reaches more than 1.9 million pupils.

Commenting on the funding award, councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: "We will work with Sustrans to engage with pupils, parents and staff to promote walking and cycling, and receive £350,000 capital over the next three years to fund walking and cycling to school schemes."

Those with jobs in education will be interested to hear that, as well as improving traffic congestion in the local area, teachers like Kirsty Wallchester from Weston Coyney Infants have also been reaping the rewards from the campaign.

"It is good for children to walk to school as by the time they get here they are awake and ready to learn," she told the news provider.

As well as Weston Coyney Infants, other schools to join the scheme include Ash Green, Trentham; Our Lady's, Fenton; St Gregory's, Longton; Crescent Academy, Meir; Alexandra Juniors in Normacot; and Weston Coyney Primary.

Promoting walking to school can also help parents save money in fuel bills, build children's independence, reduce emissions, make crossing roads safer and improve health.

The latter is especially relevant given that Department of Health figures show that 30.3 per cent of children aged two to 15 were overweight or obese in 2010. 

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