Students told to walk this way
By JULIA ILES
WALKING to school isn't what it used to be.
Guidelines established by the RTA and other departments for taking photographs of school children stipulate that an adult should walk closest to the road, if the child has a ball it should be in a string or plastic bag, children should not walk toy prams, pet dogs, wheeled toys and the like, as 'this raises issues of playing near the road and clouds our simple message'.
Tomorrow is 2006 'Walk Safely to School Day', which is held to encourage parents to walk their children to school, in the process curbing childhood obesity.
Childhood obesity affects more than 25 per cent of Australian children.
Sheree Maunder will walk her five-year-old twins Joseph and Noah to school tomorrow as she believes it is important for them to establish exercise in their routine from an early age.
"Exercise is important for a healthy lifestyle, we don't have that far to come anyway as we live in Dovedale," she said.
Principal of St Mary's Primary School, Russell Munro, said the school had participated in the event for several years.
He said there wasn't much of a problem at the school with students crossing roads and walking to school without taking due care.
"It's always important to promote safety and protection when they walk to school, so the event is an important day to do this," Mr Munro said.
St Mary's is one of the two schools chosen in the Clarence Valley to share in a free breakfast put on by Coles.