Walk, talk and sing too for Walk to School Week

What: Merton Primary school children walk 1.3 miles for Walk to School Week
Where: Starting at Merton Civic Centre, London Road, SM4 5 DX and finishing at the Hub, Mitcham
When: Wednesday 20 May at 10am-11am

Youngsters from 19 primary schools in Merton are all set to walk 1.3 miles (2.09km), from the civic centre in Morden to the Hub leisure centre in Mitcham on Wednesday 20 May as part of the national Walk to School Week (18-22 May).

Recently appointed Mayor of Merton, Councillor Nick Draper and new-look road safety champion, Debra the Zebra will meet the children taking part in the walk at 10am as they set off on their half-hour trek across the borough.

This year’s Walk ‘n’ Talk themed event promotes the health and environmental benefits of walking. Before starting their walk the council’s school travel plan adviser will hand out to everyone a pedometer so all those taking part will know how many steps they have taken on their journey.

Once all the walkers arrive at the Hub they will be able to take part in a range of activities including football and football skills, a gladiator style assault course, dodge ball and gym sessions. At the Hub the Mayor and Debra the Zebra will present the children who took part in the walk with a certificate and goodie bags containing amongst other things a road safety magazine, a Debra the Zebra pen and notepad.

Also as part of Walk to School Week, the council is calling on all Merton school children who walk to school and take part in Walk to School Week activities to log on to the website of London radio station Kiss 100 FM and simply enter their school name, the area the school is in, their own name and e-mail address by noon on Friday 22 May. The station is asking all children across the capital to get involved and have their school mentioned live on radio. The school with the most entries will win a visit from the Kiss 100 FM breakfast team, and have the opportunity to visit the Kiss 100 FM studio to produce a podcast for totalkiss.com, which is visited by 3.2 million people per week.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for planning and traffic management Councillor William Brierly said: “We are encouraging as many children as possible to sign up to the Kiss FM competition. There are great prizes to be won and we want to hear a Merton school on the airwaves. Last year youngsters from Cranmer Primary School sang their award winning Olympic song, It’s a Beam, and I am sure there are still more winning songs to be found in the borough.’

“Walking is great exercise and Walk to School Week is a good way of highlighting its benefits. Events like this as well as initiatives such as walking buses show how we are putting the needs of our younger residents first by supporting sustainable forms of transport and encouraging them to make healthy travel choices That’s good news for the environment and good news for our youngsters’ health and road safety awareness.”

Notes to editor
One adult will be in charge of two children each.

The Walk to School Campaign is run by the charity Living Streets with funding from the Department for Transport and the BIG Lottery fund. It encourages parents, pupils and teachers to think about their journey to and from school and the many benefits of walking.

For more information on the walk to school week please visit http://www.walktoschool.co.uk