CHILDREN from New Delaval Primary School stepped out for Walk to School Week last week thanks to sponsorship from Miller Homes North East.

The school’s 250 pupils and their families were encouraged to leave their cars behind and get outdoors to become more active, whilst helping to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution.

Ahead of the week-long initiative which ran from 15th to 19th May, the children were provided with challenge packs thanks to the sponsorship from the leading housebuilder, after it joined forces with Living Streets – the UK charity for everyday walking.

This year’s theme was ‘city to seaside’, which saw participants taken on an imaginary journey from the dramatic skylines of the city to charming coastlines via rolling countryside, through materials included in the challenge packs from leaflets and activity diaries to wall charts, pupil rewards and magnets.

As part of the activity, the school took part in ‘Shoesday’ which falls on the Tuesday of Walk to School Week, and gives pupils the chance to wear their happy shoes by donating £1 to Living Street’s walking projects.

Miller Homes has been providing high quality family homes for the past 80 years and sustainability is high on the agenda at its developments in the North East, including the school’s local development Portland Wynd in Blyth.

Andrew Somerville, regional sales manager at Miller Homes North East, said: “When we build new homes we work hard to enhance the wider area so that both residents and local people experience the benefits, including children walking to school. As part of our commitment to creating sustainable communities, we were delighted to support New Delaval Primary School’s involvement in Walk to School Week.

“The walk to school allows children to enjoy their surroundings and really feel part of their community, which pupils were encouraged to do via fun and interactive challenge packs. Following the initiative we hope that this has inspired families to walk to school more often.”

Mr Struthers, deputy headteacher at New Delaval Primary School, added: “The journey to school is an important part of any child’s day, and there’s no better way to prepare for a day of learning than to spend some time in the fresh air walking through the local community.

“We were pleased to take part in Walk to School Week to encourage our families to promote a healthier approach to coming to school and help to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in and around our school. We are very grateful to Miller Homes for the sponsorship which allowed us to join in with the valuable initiative. It is great to see such a large company putting something back into the local community.”

For more information on Walk to School Week, including how to get involved next year, visit: www.livingstreets.org.uk/walktoschool.

Further details on Miller Homes are available at www.millerhomes.co.uk.

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