You are invited to send a photographer to Cannon Burrows Primary School, Ashton, at 11am on Tuesday 17 May where pupils will show off their fancy footwear as part of Happy Shoesday.
TAMESIDE school children are planning some fancy footwork as part of the national Walk to School Week event from 16-20 May.
Pupils at Canon Burrows Primary School, in Ashton, are among those taking part in ‘Happy Shoesday’, where children get to wear their most favourite and fun shoes in celebration of walking to school.
The school has a strong commitment to Walk to School Week, an initiative promoted by the charity Living Streets as part of National Walking Month and supported by Tameside Council.
All pupils are encouraged to walk to school at least once a week throughout the year – and more if possible. The regular walkers gain special badges each month.
Canon Burrows teacher and eco coordinator Andy Clark said: “The children all understand walking is the healthiest, safest and most sensible way to travel. They are also committed to doing all the good things they can to help our planet.
“The Happy Shoesday helps them to highlight and celebrate their commitment to walking – they enjoy taking part and wearing their fanciest shoes for the day.”
Schools across the borough are taking part in activities for Walk to School Week.
Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning Lynn Travis said: “A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school but now that figure has halved. Tameside schools are doing a fantastic job of turning this around and getting more children walking again. Walking benefits the health, wellbeing and education of pupils, who arrive in class feeling happy, alert and ready to learn. There are also wider benefits for public health, the economy, the environment and increased road safety. A recent study projected that for every £1 invested in walking to school there is £7.64 return in benefits to the wider community”
To find out more about Walk to School Week and National Walking Month visit: http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/