Corby Council launched their support of International Walk to School month this morning with their first Park and Stride event.
Corby mayor Cllr Peter McEwan and Corby Council leader Cllr Tom Beattie joined pupils and teaching staff by walking to Oakley Vale Primary School.
The Park and Stride events have been put in place in order for parents to be able to drop their children off at a communal meeting area near to their local school, where they will then be walked to school by Corby Council’s neighbourhood wardens, local PSCO’s and teaching staff.
Cllr Beattie, said: “Parking is an ongoing challenge at the majority of our schools across the borough and can cause local tensions within a community.
“By linking in with campaigns such as this the council is encouraging parents and guardians to think about where they park which will hopefully reduce the amount of traffic on the roads in these areas, making it a safer environment for our young residents.”
Corby Council’s rural pride officer Suzanne Preston said: “As well as addressing issues around parking and traffic at school times, we also hope to encourage this simple way for children to get regular physical activity.
“Some early morning walking can definitely improve mental alertness and our mood, getting our youngsters ready for their day at school.
“Park and Stride events were also delivered earlier in the year as part of Walk to School Week in May and Corby Council’s neighbourhood management team is aiming to work with the local schools in order to deliver a regular Park and Stride initiative every month.”
The Park and Stride events throughout the month will take place for the following schools:
Oakley Vale Primary School, meeting at the Barratts People and Places site opposite Rochester Road for 8.15am on October 13.
Weldon School, meeting at Weldon Village Hall at 8.30am on October 14, 15, and 16.
Corby Primary Academy, meeting at Oakley Vale Community Centre at 8am on October 20, 22, and 23.
Gretton Primary School, meeting at Gretton Village Hall for 8.30am on October 22.