Walking to school offers range of social and health benefits
I NEED to respond to J Konrad's letter, 'No it is not a joke'.
The benefits of the Walk to School program are many and varied as the list below shows.
It encourages regular exercise to improve fitness and health outcomes for children (and parents) and has proven successful in improving student behaviour at school, reduces traffic congestion, parking issues and road rage, and measurably improves safety in peak periods around schools by reducing the number of vehicles on the roads.
It fosters connections and relationships between the school, parents and police and the community.
The connection to the police is important as they are seen as friends and someone the kids can talk to.
Also, it teaches road safety awareness for both students and parents.
It is a great social opportunity for students to engage with friends, and make new friends across age groups in the school community.
There is no doubt new or shy students make friends quicker on the walk to school than they do in the school environment with a reduction of bullying.
It introduces children to a savings mentality and money management at an early age through face to face contact with the bank.
It has resulted in families meeting up and walking to school on days other than walk to school days.
Against any way you want to measure it, these are very substantial benefits.