Rochester primary students mark the end of Walk to School month.

By Kimberley Price

LAST week students from St Joseph’s Primary School in Rochester walked from Rotary Park to school with a CFA escort to mark the end of Walk to School month.

Once the students arrived at school they enjoyed a healthy breakfast in the hall.

The Campaspe Shire council works with local primary schools to deliver a range of activities encouraging more families to walk, ride or scoot to school for the month.

Mayor Adrian Weston said VicHealth’s Walk to School program is a free, easy and fun way for kids to get active and learn healthy habits for life.

“Council is pleased to be part of this important initiative and will promote active transport among local families,’’ he said.

‘‘We also work with participating schools in developing an active transport map identifying routes to school and potential drop and walk zones.

“We love to see lots of families walking, scooting or riding to help local kids get active and build healthy habits, confidence and friendships.”

VicHealth chief executive Jerril Rechter said each year the Walk to School program continues to grow, with more and more schools taking part with fantastic results.

“Last year more than 144,000 kids from over 750 schools across Victoria took part in Walk to School,’’ she said.

‘‘Together they walked more than 2.2 million kilometres – the equivalent of walking almost 55 times around the world.

“We hope to see even more local kids getting active as they travel to and from school.

‘‘It’s also a great way for parents and carers to enjoy some quality time with their kids.”