Go Smarter joined more than 160 pupils and staff from 17 Schools across the North East on Wednesday 21 May 2014 to celebrate national Walk to School Week.
Organised by Living Streets (www.livingstreets.org.uk) in partnership with Go Smarter Tyne & Wear, the annual Walk to School week encourages parents and pupils to leave the car at home and enjoy a fun and active journey into school.
The school run can be a stressful time for parents and children and by reducing the number of cars on the roads families can enjoy a safe and enjoyable walk to school.
To make this year’s Walk to School Week even more exciting, schools and pupils were encouraged to add some movement into their walk. The North East’s very own ‘Dance Walk’ was created.
On the morning of Wednesday 21 May 2014, pupils and staff from 17 North East schools met at Newcastle’s Life Science Centre to take part in a creative workshop giving them the opportunity to make their own Walk to School Week t-shirts. Pupils were asked to base their design on a dream journey to school. An interactive Walk to School Week quiz also tested pupils on their road safety knowledge.
Instructors from Dance City, the North East’s leading development organisation for dance, helped pupils create their ‘Dance Walk’ with some special movements and shapes that were safe for them to do whilst walking to school.
The 160-plus pupils and staff then skipped, shimmied and spun their way to Baltic Square in Gateshead for a special Walk to School Week performance. The ‘Dance Walk’ was a huge success with many teachers and pupils already planning for next year’s event.
Kathryn Watt, a teacher from St Mary’s RC Primary School in Sunderland said ‘The children thoroughly enjoyed their day and all of the activities they could take part in. The event was very well organised and we all hope you will organise a similar event for next year’.
Pauline Jarvis, Assistant Head Teacher at Atkinson Road Academy in Newcastle said ‘I just wanted to thank you for allowing our children to attend the Walk to School Week event yesterday. They came back buzzing about what they had been doing. All the staff accompanying them said how well organised it was and how much they too had enjoyed it’.
For a taste of the day, watch our video.