Tuesday 22 October 2019

Students are walking to healthier life

The Marshalstown National School Green School committee
The Marshalstown National School Green School committee
Pupils at the Marshalstown National School WOW (Walk on Wednesdays) launch on Wednesday morning

A group of enterprising young primary pupils are currently working very hard to secure a fourth green flag for their school.

The children, from Marshalstown National School, are working under a programme based around the theme of travel.

A spokesperson for the school told this newspaper that the aim of the initiative is to promote healthy and environmentally friendly travel to and from school whether people are walking, cycling or scooting.

As part of their programme the school launched a 'WOW' (Walk on Wednesdays) initiative which will encourage the pupils and staff members to walk to school.

The spokesperson said: 'The children are encouraged to walk from their homes to school and if this is not possible they are encouraged to 'park 'n' stride' by parking in Marshalstown Church car park and walking to school.'

To coincide with the WOW launch the school also held a travel action day during which the pupils took part in a wide range of fun activities that were all led by the Green Schools Travel officer, Edwina Cowman.

The safety of pupils is of paramount importance to all schools and the Marshalstown school has adopted an all encompassing approach to achieving its goal while at the same time promoting healthy and safe travel practices.

It also launched its Sli @ School initiative which is based around Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) walking routes.

A representative from the IHF visited the school and spoke to the children about keeping active and remaining healthy.

The launch was a great success with a large number of parents and guardians present.

The school spokesperson acknowledged the support it received from the Parents' Association: 'It was a wonderful day and enjoyed by all who attended.'

Members of the parents' association helped on the day by serving tea, and coffee to visitors who were in attendance to support the event.

Pettitt's SuperValu in Enniscorthy were also acknowledged for supporting the day with donations of fruit.

Enniscorthy Guardian