Calderdale pupils rewarded for making great strides to get active

Pupils in Calderdale have been celebrating the strides they have been taking to get more active on the school run, with a visit from a special guest.

By Ian Hirst
Thursday, 17th March 2022, 9:38 am
Updated Thursday, 17th March 2022, 9:40 am

Youngsters were joined by Strider, the Living Streets mascot for special walk to school events.

Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, is working with West Yorkshire schools to deliver WOW – the walk to school challenge in 100 schools.

WOW is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker.

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Barkisland CE Primary School pupils are joined by Coun Alexandra Greenwood, Coun Peter Hunt and Strider

Pupils who walk, wheel, cycle or scoot at least once a week for a month are rewarded with a badge.

Jessie Davidson, Schools Coordinator, Living Streets said: “Walking to school is a fantastic way for children to get some fresh air and spend quality time with family and friends.

“All of the schools on our ‘Strider tour’ have been doing fantastic work to encourage their pupils to get more active, helping them stay healthy and happy while also making school gates safer. We’re thrilled that we are able to rewards pupils for their hard work by bringing Strider along to meet them."

Barkisland CE School and St Augustine’s Primary School were two of the Calderdale schools taking part.

Councillor Manisha Kaushik, the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee Lead Member for Active Travel, said: “We are pleased to be supporting Living Streets to work with schools across West Yorkshire to enable more children to travel to school actively.

"From connecting us to the places we need to go, to reducing air pollution and congestion, and boosting our physical and mental health, we know getting more people cycling and walking has a vital role to play in making West Yorkshire an even better place to live, work and play – and this can start at the earliest ages.”

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