School pupils throughout Levenmouth will be able to benefit from getting active on the school run as a national walk to school programme launches.

Living Streets Scotland, the charity for everyday walking, launched the new year of WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge on Saturday 7 September at SchoolFest.

SchoolFest took place at St Agatha’s Primary School, Leven, where pupils were joined by families from Mount Fleurie and Parkhill primary schools for games and activities. The celebration of the benefits of walking to school included live music, inflatables, face painting, smoothie bikes and a special appearance by Strider, the Living Streets Scotland mascot.

St Agatha’s Primary School, Mount Fleurie and Parkhill Primary School have been taking part in WOW since 2016. Pupils, parents and staff have been working hard to encourage more people to walk to school and reduce congestion around the school gates.

When children arrive at school, they log their journey on the WOW Travel Tracker. Those who walk, cycle, scoot or Park and Stride to school at least once a week each month are awarded a monthly collectable badge, with 10 to collect across the school year.

Living Streets promotes walking to school as an easy and accessible way for children to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives, helping them arrive fit, refreshed and ready to learn.

Strider

Rebecca Simpson, Project Manager, Living Streets Scotland said:

“SchoolFest was a fantastic chance to celebrate all three schools’ achievements. Pupils, their families and staff are all incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic - they’ve set a great example for the 30 Fife schools that have signed up to take part during this academic year.

“We’re looking forward to seeing families get on their feet and experiencing the many benefits walking to school can bring to our health and happiness.”

Living Streets Scotland and Fife Council work in partnership to promote active travel to school as the everyday choice. WOW forms part of the council’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme to increase active and sustainable travel.

John Mitchell, Service Manager, Roads and Transportation Services said:

“Fife have been working in partnership with Living Streets for a number of years on the WOW project to encourage pupils to travel actively on their journey to school. It’s great to see this event taking place to help further promote the work that is taking place to encourage more sustainable travel.”