Andrew Gwynne MP went back to school today (26 November) to celebrate the strides local children have been making to get more active on the school run.
The MP for Denton and Reddish joined pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic primary school in Reddish on their walk to school and heard first-hand about the benefits they have experienced from walking to school.
St Joseph’s Catholic primary school takes part in WOW – the walk to school challenge from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.
WOW is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day using the interactive WOW Travel Tracker. Pupils who walk, wheel, cycle or scoot at least once a week for a month are rewarded with a badge.
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The latest National Travel Survey statistics revealed that just 30 per cent of children in the North West currently walk to school. However, schools taking part in WOW are enjoying much healthier walking rates. Over 80 per cent of journeys logged on the WOW Travel Tracker by St Joseph’s Catholic primary school are active journeys.
Andrew Gwynne MP joined Living Streets’ mascot, Strider, to hand out WOW badges to pupils who had travelled actively this month.
Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish said:
“It was great to join pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic primary school on their morning walk and hear about the brilliant work that the school is doing with Living Streets to get pupils more active.
Walking to school encourages kids to stay happy and healthy, creates safer school gates, and helps reduce air pollution. WOW is a great initiative and I’m really proud to be backing it.”
Karen Doyle, Director of Development, Living Streets said:
“Every child should be able to start the day in the healthiest way possible with a walk to school. We’re really excited to be working across Greater Manchester to encourage and enable more families to leave the car at home for the school journey. I was thrilled to join Andrew Gwynne and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary pupils to see WOW in action.”