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Chasetown children join walk to school campaign

Tia Stevens, Jess Brennan, Zara Herd, Emily Galvin and Joe Ireson with County Councillor Paul Atkins

Tia Stevens, Jess Brennan, Zara Herd, Emily Galvin and Joe Ireson with County Councillor Paul Atkins

Pupils at a Chasetown school have been putting their best foot forward as part of a new campaign.

More than 200 youngsters at St Joseph and St Theresa Primary School stepped out to enjoy a healthier and happier life during Walk to School Month.

Staffordshire County Council’s Road Safety Unit hosted the initiative which was part of a national scheme to promote the health benefits of leading an active life.

The campaign also helped to reduce the number of cars travelling to school which cuts harmful C02 emissions. Fewer cars around schools have the added bonus of boosting safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

Headteacher Pat Davies said:

“Walking to school is a great way for the pupils to get a bit of exercise in the morning and really helps to clear their heads before they start lessons. There were also fewer cars around the entrance to the school this month which increased road safety for pedestrians and cyclists and was excellent news all round.”

Walk to School Month has been going from strength to strength with more parents and children joining the movement annually. This year over 26,300 children are taking part in the campaign across the county.

The scheme goes hand in hand with the walking bus scheme that was launched in 1999.

The county has the highest number of walking buses running in the UK with 148 groups currently in operation.

Local County Councillor Paul Atkins said:

“Pupils and teachers at St Joseph and St Theresa Primary School really embraced the Walk to School initiative which was great to see. Parents were leaving their cars at home or car sharing which had the added bonus of cutting C02 emissions which are reaping devastating effects on the environment.”

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