Students, parents and schools in Boroondara are encouraged to get involved in Walk to School month this October by walking, riding or scooting to school!

The Walk to School program is a high profile, annual community event from VicHealth that encourages primary school students across Victoria to walk, scoot or ride to and from school as often as possible during October.

For the fourth year in a row, Council is implementing the Walk to School program throughout the municipality after successfully obtaining $10,000 in funding to conduct the VicHealth initiative.

All primary schools in Boroondara are being offered the opportunity to participate in the 2016 Walk to School program. Schools will keep weekly tallies of the number of walks undertaken and incentive prizes will be provided by both VicHealth and the City of Boroondara.

By choosing to walk, scoot or ride to school students and their families can make a big difference in the community. The program increases exercise, promotes active travel and reduces traffic and pollution – creating a safer, less congested environment around schools. It is an easy and fun way for kids to get the 60 minutes of exercise they need each day.

Walk to School has been popular with both students and primary schools in Boroondara with participation growing each year: eight primary schools participated in 2013, 13 in 2014 and 17 in 2015.

Council is pleased to be supporting local schools and families by delivering local Walk to School activities and initiatives that support ongoing active travel.

Register as a student or school by visiting ride or walk to school or contact Verity Wignall on 9278 4797 or email Verity Wignall.