Ascot Vale kids walk to success

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Ascot Vale Primary School has pipped last year’s winners to take out our annual Walk to School challenge.

A whopping 95 per cent of students from the Ascot Vale school walked to and from school during October, closely followed by last year’s winners St Vincent de Paul Primary in Strathmore, with 92 per cent of students taking part.

All up, 19 primary schools across Moonee Valley took part, with close to 4,900 students walking, cycling or scooting to and from school throughout October.

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr Samantha Byrne said the results spoke for themselves.

“It’s great to see more students than ever taking part in Walk to School Month, with 500 more students getting involved across Moonee Valley than last year,” Cr Byrne said.

“It’s impressive to see so many students walking, cycling and scooting to school, even if for some of them it meant being driven some of the way and walking the rest.”

Spokesperson for Integrated Transport Cr Andrea Surace said Walk to School Month encourages healthy habits in our youngest residents.

“We look forward to seeing all the students that took part in Walk to School Month continuing to walk, ride or scoot to school when possible,” Cr Surace said.

“Walking or cycling to school is a great way of keeping active and getting healthy and ready for the day ahead. It’s also a great way to get to know your local neighbourhood.”

Moonee Ponds Primary School came third with 82 per cent of students taking part with an average of 20 walks per participant, and Strathmore Primary School came fourth with 82 per cent of students taking part with an average of 18 walks per participant.

We hope the healthy habits will continue throughout the summer holidays and until next year’s event in October! Find out how you can get involved here.