NATIONAL Walk Safely to School Day on Friday was embraced by Broadford Primary School students, parents, and staff, who embarked on a 1.3km walk in the early morning.
Walk Safely to School Day encourages children to walk with their parents or caregivers to school, promoting healthy habits as well as teaching vital road safety skills.
Broadford Primary School last held the walk in 2019 as the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted proceedings in 2020 and 2021. This year, almost all of the school’s 375 students took part.
Walk organiser Carly Simons said Walk Safely to School Day was about teaching students about healthy habits.
“The main objectives of today, and across Australia, to remind kids that it’s healthy to be active,” she said.
“It’s also good for the environment and we’re teaching the kids about not using the car everyday if they live nearby, or driving halfway and walking the rest, or catching public transport. These are all really good learning opportunities for the kids.”
On return to the school, participants enjoyed a healthy breakfast with cereal and fruit cups on offer. Some students then left for the Broadford Motorcycle Complex to take part in the District Cross Country.
“After the walk we go back to the classrooms and have a chat about how [the students] are feeling and how walking to school is a great way to start the day,” Ms Simons said.
“You’re ready to learn, you’re focused, and you’re switched on.”
Ms Simons also thanked the people who helped organise this year’s walk.
“We’re very lucky to have all the people that donated food today, and also our parent helpers. We’re lucky to have such a supportive community,” she said.
“Otherwise, things like this couldn’t happen if we didn’t have people here, setting up and serving breakfast, and getting all the staff on board and also the families that walked with us.”