Local school children make sure they will be seen on the way to School.
As part of our Walk to School month we have been working alongside local schools to urge parents to leave the car at home and walk their children to school in a bid to increase activity levels and keep the whole family fit.
Local primary school, Bidford on Avon CofE Primarmy, received 50 hi-visibility vests and 300 hi-visibility slap bands to encourage pupils to walk to school – and help keep them safe on the journey.
Elaine Taylor, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “It’s astonishing that a third of Year 6 schoolchildren nationally are considered overweight or obese, yet a small amount of activity – like walking to school – can make such a difference.
“We are committed to supporting the communities in which we build our high-quality new homes, which is why we have donated hi-visibility vests and slap bands to Bidford on Avon C of E Primary School.
“We understand that family life can be busy, but we hope our contribution will help inspire families to swap the car for a safe walk to school instead.”
Pupils at the school are already familiar with road safety thanks to the Junior Road Safety Officer (JSRO) scheme which was set up by Year 3 teacher Andy Johnston, who is also hoping to implement a ‘walking bus’ for the youngsters.
Andy says: “We are dedicated to ensuring that our children remain safe to and from school, and shall be looking at how we can ensure that the walking bus is implemented as soon as possible using the hi-visibility vests and slap bands from Taylor Wimpey.
“We also hope to implement a ‘park and stride’ scheme, where we will encourage parents to park at the car park behind the fire station and walk the remaining distance to school.
“I would like to thank Taylor Wimpey for their outstanding and continued support of our school and its children. We are very grateful for their donation.”
Taylor Wimpey is also offering parents some handy tips on how to make the walk to school more fun:
- Play a simple game of I Spy to encourage children to take notice of their surroundings
- Invite children to spot a street name for different letters of the alphabet
- Challenge children to spot as many different animals and birds as possible
- Help children to draw a map of their route to school.