Primary school pupils in Scotland were walking in a winter wonderland during a festive visit from a special guest last week.  

Schools in Scotland which take part in WOW, the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets Scotland, were rewarded with a visit from Strider, the Living Streets mascot.

Starting in Perth and Kinross on Monday 5 December and going on to visit Clackmannanshire, Dundee and Aberdeen throughout the week. 

WOW rewards primary school pupils who walk to school at least once a week with a monthly collectible badge, helping create a healthy habit for life. 

Participating WOW schools have shown a 13 per cent increase in walking and a similar percentage reduction in cars around the school gates.

The celebration assemblies were a chance to congratulate the top performing WOW schools. Children spoke about why they love walking to school and how to stay safe and comfortable when walking in the winter months, before posing for pictures with Strider.

Pupils at Mile End Primary, Aberdeen

Strider’s festive tour rounds off a record year of participation in WOW by schools across Scotland. We hope Strider’s visits encourage pupils and staff to continue walking to school during the winter months. There are many advantages of walking in winter including strengthening the heart and immune system, improved air quality as a result of fewer car engines idling at the school gate and more time for fun and games.

Chris Thompson, Schools Coordinator, Living Streets Scotland
Pupils from Our Lady's School, Dundee
Pupils from Coalsnaughton, Clackmannanshire