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Minister launches Green Schools National Walk to School Week

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/05/2015. Minister launches Green Schools National Walk to School WeekTags: Education And Politics

Schools across Ireland are currently putting plans in motion to take part in National Walk to School Week, which takes place next week, from Monday May 11th to Friday, May 15th.

An Taisce Green-Schools’ National Walk to School Week is a country-wide initiative which will result in thousands of pupils, their parents and teachers walking to and from school, to celebrate the environmental, health, social and financial benefits of active travel on the school journey. This is the seventh year Green-Schools has run National Walk to School Week, which will be promoted to over 1500 participating schools.

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD launched the week in Ballymun with the help of students from Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch’s Green-Schools Committee: “Encouraging our children, at an early age, to consider more sustainable ways of getting to school, other than the car, is essential. National Walk to School Week makes walking all or part of the way to school a fun experience and teaches our children the health and environmental benefits attached to doing so. This programme has been developing, year on year, and I am confident that this year it can surpass all others in terms of the number of children that will travel to school by foot during this week. Other walking initiatives undertaken by Green-Schools across the year, such as Walk On Wednesday Days, Feet First Fridays, ensure that the lessons we are teaching our children are being promoted year-round and not just for one week during the year”.

Scoil an tSeachtar Laoch has been working on the Green-Schools Travel theme for two years and will receive their Green Flag for Travel in May.

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