Ryders Hayes pupils have the WOW Factor

Children from Ryders Hayes School will be joining youngsters from seven other primary schools across the borough to launch the Walk Once a Week campaign.[picapp align=”right” wrap=”false” link=”term=walk+to+school&iid=9578532″ src=”http://view1.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9578532/berlin-school-year-begins/berlin-school-year-begins.jpg?size=500&imageId=9578532″ width=”234″ height=”167″ /]

The WOW initiative, which begins on Monday, October 18, aims to encourage children to walk to and from school.

The launch will see the youngsters children covering more than nine miles as they walk to and from each of the eight schools.

Between each journey the children will be encouraged to spot Strider, the national Walk to School mascot. The nine mile relay will also give participants the opportunity to explore their local environment.

The event will begin with an assembly at Watling Street Primary School and then progress to St Bernadette’s; Walsall Wood; Castlefort Primary; St Francis Primary; The Radleys; Rushall JMI and Ryders Hayes Primary.

The event will finish on Pelsall Common at 3pm, when the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Gary Clarke, will meet the children and commend them for their efforts.

Councillor Mike Bird, Walsall Council’s leader said: “Walking to school is not only a healthy form of exercise but it also helps to make children become more alert in classrooms.

“And by using their cars less, parents can save on their fuel costs, help the environment and reduce traffic around the borough, especially outside schools making it safer for children.”

Over the next two years, about 8,000 children from 28 schools across the borough will sign up to the Walk Once a Week (WOW) scheme, which is being led by Walsall Council’s school travel team.

Living Street the national charity aimed at improving the environment for pedestrians will be working closely with Walsall Council’s School Travel Team and the schools.

The project is jointly funded by the Department for Health and Walsall Council and is designed to increase the number of children walking to school. Every child walking to school at least once a week is rewarded with a monthly collectable metal badge.

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