Pupils from Lantern Lane Primary School in East Leake are joining with thousands of children across the UK to take part in International Walk to School Month, with help from local homebuilder David Wilson Homes East Midlands.
The school has teamed up with the developer, which has supported the campaign by donating 30 hi-visibility vests and bag tags for pupils to wear on their way to and from school during October, which is Walk to School Month, and throughout the rest of the year.
Despite the average distance to a pupil’s primary school being one mile, more than half of school children do not walk to school regularly, with an enormous 52 per cent driven to school in cars or by other means (National Travel Survey 2016).
Sophia Thorne, a Teacher at Lantern Lane, said: “We really encourage our children to walk to school whenever possible, not only to ease congestion and reduce pollution but also to promote a healthy lifestyle. Walking can be hazardous as the winter months approach and the high visibility clothing from David Wilson will be a valuable resource for us when taking children on local visits.”
Walking to school benefits children and their parents by increasing exercise and saving money on fuel, and it can even increase social interaction with other families who choose to walk to school and prevent stress by not driving during the rush hour.
John Reddington, Managing Director for David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “Our development Kingston Banks is located near to Lantern Lane Primary School, so as families move into their new homes it is important for us to support International Walk to School Month and encourage families to stay safe while walking to and from school.
“By offering pupils a helping hand and donating hi-visibility vests and bag tags they should be encouraged to walk to school and can stay safe as the dark nights draw in.”
David Wilson is currently building new homes at its development Kingston Banks in East Leake, near the school.