Encouraging children to walk to school

Education Minister Sue Ellery and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray walking Amaroo Primary School students to school. Photo: Supplied
Education Minister Sue Ellery and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray walking Amaroo Primary School students to school. Photo: Supplied

Education Minister Sue Ellery is encouraging all Collie primary schools to participate in the annual Walk Safely to School Day event this Friday.

The event encourages parents, carers and their children to walk regularly to and from school and incorporate regular walking into their daily routine.

It also encourages less driving and more walking, which could help to reduce dangerous vehicle congestion around schools and reduce carbon emissions from vehicles.

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray and Ms Ellery recently met students from Amaroo Primary School to discuss the benefits of walking to school and to help promote the day of awareness.

Education Minister Sue Ellery and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, with Amaroo Primary School students outside the school. Photo: Supplied

Education Minister Sue Ellery and Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray, with Amaroo Primary School students outside the school. Photo: Supplied

Mr Murray said a small amount of physical exercise every day could help improve a person's health, both physically and mentally.

"I wholeheartedly support this initiative and hope that it might make people change up their daily routine to improve the health of their children," he said.

"Walking is the best form of exercise in a way, as it can be easily built into the daily routine."

Ms Ellery said the day was all about encouraging families and children to walk safely to school.

"Whether that's joining up with local parents and starting a walking train, or parking the car a few blocks away and encouraging young people to walk to school," she said.

"Active kids learn better, so it's a win-win and I encourage all the schools in Collie to get into it."