SAFE PASSAGE: Gympie South State School students (from left) Mary Allen, Hayley Keogh, Liam Smith, Eily King, Dylan Ebsworth, Sophie Wharton Lachlan Kennedy and Alec Ball put in some practice for Walk Safely to School Day today with deputy principal Rachel Alexander.
SAFE PASSAGE: Gympie South State School students (from left) Mary Allen, Hayley Keogh, Liam Smith, Eily King, Dylan Ebsworth, Sophie Wharton Lachlan Kennedy and Alec Ball put in some practice for Walk Safely to School Day today with deputy principal Rachel Alexander. Craig Warhurst

Safety first: kids walk to school

IT’S cool to walk to school and Gympie South State School kids know it.

South students will be among hundreds of Gympie Region youngsters hitting the pavement today to help reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.

Today is Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD), an annual, national community event when all primary school children are encouraged to walk and commute safely to school to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

The objectives of WSTSD are:

  • To encourage parents and carers to walk to school with primary school age children and reinforce safe pedestrian behaviour.
  • To promote the health benefits of walking and help create regular walking habits at an early age.
  • To ensure that children up to 10 years old hold an adult’s hand when crossing the road.
  • To help children develop the vital road-crossing skills they will need as they become mature pedestrians.
  • To reduce the car dependency habits that are being created at an early age and which will be difficult to change as children become adults.
  • To promote the use of Public Transport.
  • To reduce the level of air pollution created by motor vehicles.
  • To reduce the level of traffic congestion.
  • The event is sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

It is supported by the Australian Government, all State, Territory Governments and Local Governments and the Heart Foundation, Cancer Council, Diabetes Australia, Beyond Blue and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Gympie Times


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