Walking to school can be a real adventure. It helps you get to know your local community, get fit and make friends. There are many local, global and personal benefits to walking to school. Here are a few:
W - Wake Up! - Studies have shown that pupils who walk to school are more awake and find it easier to concentrate during classes.
A - Always one step ahead - Walking from an early age makes children more aware of road safety issues and helps them develop personal safety skills.
L - Less congestion - If you leave the car at home and walk fewer cars arrive at the school gates which makes it safer for those who walk and cycle.
K - Kinder to the environment - By leaving the car at home you are reducing the amount of CO2 produced and helping to reduce the effects of climate change and air pollution.
I - Interpersonal skills - Walking to school gives children the opportunity to meet new friends and develop personal skills.
N - New adventures - Walking to school is a great way to learn about your local environment and community. It’s also a fun way to learn about the weather, landscape and local ecosystems.
G - Get fit and stay active - Walking to and from school helps pupils (and adults) incorporate physical activity into their daily routines. Research shows that regular physical activity can benefit your body and mind.
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