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York schools take part in Walk To School Week
PUPILS across York are putting their best foot forward for an annual initiative which aims to encourage them to try a different way of getting to school.
Walk To School Week runs until Friday, with 27 city schools competing for the Jack Archer Trophy, which is the prize for the school which gets the most youngsters walking, cycling and using scooters during the contest.
This year’s event marks the tenth anniversary of the trophy, named after the former councillor and honorary alderman who had two separate spells as Lord Mayor of York and was a champion of elderly people in the city before his death in 2010.
To mark the milestone, City of York Council is matching an Age UK prize of £200, which will see the victorious school have a pot of £400 to spend on sports equipment.
The runners-up will receive £200 for sports gear and the third-placed school will win high-visibility jackets to ensure pupils can stay safe on their journey to and from school.
A prize will be awarded to the school with the most children who ride scooters to lessons, in the shape of a Scooter Pod worth £300.
Coun Dave Merrett, the council’s cabinet member for transport and sustainability, said: “Walk To School Week is a great chance for pupils who might not be currently walking, cycling or scooting to change the way in which they travel to school,” said .
“Walking to school has many benefits, helping both the environment and health. Children who walk to school are proven to be more alert in lessons, as are parents at work, and a 15-minute walk will provide a child with a quarter of the 60 minutes of recommended daily exercise.”
More information about changing travel habits can be found at iTravelYork.co.uk
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