Walk to school with Debra the Zebra

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: 9am, Tuesday 7th October, Garfield School, Garfield Rd. Debra the Zebra will be meeting the three winners of the drawing contest.

Walk to school with Debra the Zebra
International Walk to School week

Children, parents, teachers and community leaders have been invited to hot-step it into school with Debra the Zebra during International Walk to School Week, running from Monday 6- Friday 10 October.

Twenty-five schools in the borough are participating in the Walk to School Week this year, as part of a campaign aiming to encourage pupils and parents to walk to school as often as possible. Schools are handing out stickers and leaflets to encourage pupils to walk, and are tracking the progress on wall charts.

Thirty-five schools participated in the spring walk to school week in May. As part of the week, children were asked to draw pictures of walking to school, featuring the road safety mascot Debra the Zebra. Winning drawings by Merton pupils Stacy Loughran, Michael Tibby and Jodie Goss have been included in a calendar that has been distributed to every class in the borough. Debra the Zebra will be meeting to congratulate the winners during the Walk to School Week.

Road Safety guru Debra the Zebra is a huge hit with children of all ages in the borough, and has been used as the Walk to School Week mascot since May. She has also appeared at Car Free Days and at Wimbledon Winter Wonderland Parade.

Councillor Russell Makin, Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, said, “Walk to School Week will hopefully inspire parents and pupils to walk to school, or walk part of the way to school. Walking is a healthy and environmentally friendly alternative to driving, so I would encourage parents to take a moment out of their busy lives and walk their children to school. Debra the Zebra is also helping us in spreading this message to the various schools in the borough.”

For more information, please contact Colleen Gardner, School Travel Co-ordinator on 020 8545 3192.