Rugby MP encourages parents to take part in Walk to School Week

Mark Pawsey with children at Brownsover Community School

Mark Pawsey with children at Brownsover Community School

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Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is encouraging families to swap four wheels for two feet this Walk to School Week.

Part of National Walking Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the benefits of walking, Walk to School Week (18-22 May) is an opportunity for parents and children across the UK to try doing the school run on foot.

Living Streets runs the national Walk to School campaign and the national charity says parents who walk their children to school find the journey less stressful. It also says their petrol bill goes down, their children perform better at school and that they, and their children, feel healthier and fitter.

Teachers often report that pupils who walk to school are more attentive once they reach their desks.

Mr Pawsey said: “Walking is a great way for young people to keep active and healthy. It also helps them to experience their

local area, gain self-confidence and learn vital road safety skills.

“I am thrilled to be supporting Living Streets’ Walk to School Week this year and hope that parents and children from across Rugby & Bulkington will join me in backing the initiative and encouraging their children to get walking now and set healthy habits for the future.”