National Walk Safely to School Day promotes students safety and health

Active kids: Dubbo Public School students Eva Merchant, Sophie Wheatley, Charli White, Eve Porch and Sophie Orth handing out stickers as part of National Walk Safely to School Day. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

Active kids: Dubbo Public School students Eva Merchant, Sophie Wheatley, Charli White, Eve Porch and Sophie Orth handing out stickers as part of National Walk Safely to School Day. Photo: Taylor Jurd.

On Friday, May 18, hundreds of students around Dubbo participated in National Walk Safely to School Day.

The event encourages primary school children and their parents to walk to school with the aim of making it part of their daily routine.  The community event seeks to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

According to the Australian health policy collaboration 70.8 per cent of children ages 5 to 11 years are not meeting physical activity recommendations

Students at Dubbo Public School were handing out stickers to their fellow peers on the morning of the national day, to thank them for taking part. Teacher Brad Flick said with the school being in a very central location it was important to promote road safety and road rules, including, stopping at lights, using pedestrian crossings and holding onto an adults hand.

“National Walk Safely To School is also an environmentally friendly day, as it encourages families to use the car less,” he said.