Baw Baw students hit pavement for Walk to School Week

School crossing supervisor stops traffic while parents and school children cross the street

In celebration of Walk to School Week, participating schools will take part in a Baw Baw Shire Council-led competition encouraging students to walk, ride, scoot or skate to and from school to develop healthy and active practices for the future.

Between Monday 17 October and Friday 21 October, students from participating primary schools across the Shire will opt for healthy travel methods to and from school to reinforce the importance of healthy habits and to encourage connectedness amongst their peers.

The participating schools are divided into two divisions based on their student enrolment numbers. The number of participants from each school will be tallied at the end of the week and the school with the highest percentage of participating students will be named the winners in their division.

The prizes for winners and second place include:

  • Winner(s) – Sports activity pack valued at $500
  • Runners Up – Sports activity pack valued at $150

Council’s Walk to School Competition is part of the VicHealth’s wider Walk to School initiative encouraging young people to be active before and after school all throughout the year.

Walk to School sets children up for healthy, active lives and also makes the streets around our schools safer and less congested.

To learn more about VicHealth’s Walk to School initiative head to VicHealth’s Walk to School campaign.

Quote attributable to Mayor Cr Michael Leaney

“Creating a healthy Baw Baw Shire is a top priority for our community and a top priority for Council. It goes without saying that health and wellbeing is important to each and every one of us, but it is especially important for the growth and development of young people.”

“Encouraging active living and supporting initiatives that encourage physical activity is a key priority of our Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan. We are proud to support VicHealth’s Walk to School campaign with this healthy and friendly competition between our local primary schools.”

“On behalf of Council I wish each and every one of them the best of luck. I know they’ll all do themselves proud.”

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