middlesbrough-moving-forwardPUPILS at two Middlesbrough primary schools are putting their best foot forward and taking part in Walk to School Week.

Middlesbrough Environment City’s Active Travel Team and youngsters from Breckon Hill Primary and St Joseph’s RC Primary have come to help raise awareness of this year’s event.

Walk to School Week is a national campaign coordinated by Living Streets aiming to highlight the benefits of walking to school, help youngsters get more physical exercise and making their schools safer places for all.

Over the five days, which this year is from Monday, May 16 to Friday, May 20; children and their parents from all schools across the country are encouraged to leave their cars at home and walk to school.

Margaret Tonkin, Active Travel Administrator at MEC, said: “Last year’s walking to school week was a real success with lots of families taking part; we are hoping that this year’s will be just as popular.

“Walking to school is an all-round win-win activity with lots of benefits, national studies have shown that children that walk to school are more alert and ready to learn, which improves learning and attainment.

“It is also a fun way to spend some more quality time with family and friends and an easy way of achieving the recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity.

“The more children that walk to school and that aren’t dropped off in the car also reduces the amount of cars on the roads around schools, making them safer and nicer places to be.”