Schools in county step up to challenge

Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.
Brought to you by the Morpeth Herald.

Northumberland schools once again stepped up to the challenge in national Walk to School Week.

A total of 40 schools and 6,000 pupils took part in the initiative organised by Living Streets – the charity which aims to get people of all generations to enjoy the benefits of walking.

Each year, schools across the country take part in the week-long challenge to encourage parents and pupils to leave the car at home and walk, cycle or scoot to school where possible.

This year, the theme was a City to Seaside Challenge with schools receiving classroom packs containing wall-charts and pupil diaries to use during the week.

It took pupils on an imaginary journey from the city to the coast with activities and games for pupils to complete each day to explore key features of each environment, while also enjoying the many benefits of a daily walk to school.

Walking to school helps reduce traffic outside schools and improve air quality, as well as encourages pupils to get more exercise each day.