We’re Guiding Kids Along The Path To Healthy Living!
This autumn we are urging families in Strathaven to leave the car keys at home and make the journey to school on foot instead.
Once again we are supporting Walk to School Month, an annual initiative held in October that aims to promote healthy living. The initiative also aims to reduce levels of traffic and make roads safer for all.
With the evenings drawing in as the darker months approach, we have handed over 500 high-visibility snap bands to Wester Overton Primary School and St Patricks Primary School in Strathaven to help keep pupils safe on their way to and from school.
The donation forms part of a national Taylor Wimpey scheme to supply more than 14,900 snap bands to schoolchildren all across the country.
According to Living Streets, the charity behind the Walk to School campaign, 70% of youngsters made the journey to school on foot a generation ago, but now that number has more than halved.* It is the organisation’s aim to reverse this downward trend.
A team from Avondale Gardens also took the opportunity to give the children at both schools some reminders about health and safety ahead of the school October holidays as continues at the development.
We are always keen to promote the dangers associated with playing near any construction site, and the team took this ideal opportunity to raise the awareness of the children’s need to be extra vigilant as the work progresses to deliver its range of new homes.
Audrey Ross, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, says: “We are thrilled to be supporting Walk to School again this year and are proud to be working with both Wester Overton Primary School and St Patricks Primary Schools to encourage families to realise the benefits of leaving the car keys at home.
“Walking to school is a fantastic way for children to get active and we hope they enjoy using our snap bands to help keep them safe on the journey.
“Combining our Walk to School campaign with a reminder to children never to play near a construction site has created an interactive way for us to convey a very important message that we’re keen to spread amongst the local community, especially ahead of the October school holiday.”
Mandy Thomson, Head Teacher at Wester Overton Primary School, says: “As well as promoting a healthy lifestyle to students, walking to school is also a huge help in reducing the volume of traffic outside school, thereby making the area safer for all.
“On behalf of our whole school, I would like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey for this donation and for their help in raising awareness of Walk to School Month among our pupils and their parents.”
Pamela Bradley, Acting Head Teacher at St Patricks Primary School, adds: “This is a fun and informative way to engage our children in getting active safely. Many of our children already walk to school and using the high-viz bands will certainly brighten up their journey to and from school whilst also helping to keep them safe.
“Having the chance to meet some of the team building the new homes near our school has been an ideal way to remind the children never to play near the construction site regardless of how inviting it may look.”
Pupils from St Patricks Primary School and Wester Overton Primary School show-off their high visibility bands as part of Taylor Wimpey’s support of Walk to School Month with Ian Holden, Taylor Wimpey’s Health and Safety Advisor, and David Neilson, Trainee Site Manager at Avondale Gardens, following their health & safety presentations.