Children, parents, teachers and community leaders were invited to hot-step it into school with Debra the Zebra during National Walk to School Week, which ran from Monday to Friday 24-29 May 2004.
29 schools in the borough participated 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. Activities hosted by the borough schools varied from performances of the environmental play called ‘What if it rains?’ by the Quantum Theatre of Science, the launch of a ‘walking bus’, with a string of appearances by Debra the Zebra.
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 for over a year. 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 David Helmore, Merton Council’s School Travel Adviser on 020 8545 3192.