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Monday, October 22, 2012
Children from Old Catton’s Garrick Green Infant School joined forces with the rest of the country for the special Walk to School Month.
Teaming up with local housebuilder David Wilson Homes, the school, located close to the Orchard Place new homes development, is encouraging the pupils to make the most of walking to school throughout October.
The housing developer donated 50 hi-visibility vests and wristbands to each pupil at the school.
Head Teacher at the school, Rebecca Dewing, said: “We believe that walking to school is very important and try to encourage as many of our pupils as possible to walk to school in a safe and sensible fashion. By increasing physical activity every day, not only is it benefiting the pupil’s health, but the pupils have the opportunity to burn off some energy before the school day begins and we can also reduce congestion outside the school gates.”
The average walking distance to the primary school from the youngsters’ homes is one mile, but still around 50pc of children do not walk to school regularly, with an enormous 41pc being driven in cars.
David Eardley, the managing director for David Wilson Homes said: “By offering pupils at Garrick Green Infant School a helping hand, and donating, they will be encouraged to walk to school and can stay safe as winter approaches and the dark nights draw in.”