Schools in Bolton North East are set to benefit from a further million-pound of funding, part of The Walk to School Outreach Programme to get more children active and walking to school.
The funding comes ahead of Walk to School Week (5 October to 9 October.)
Moorgate Primary School, St Thomas C of E Primary School and Walmsley C of E Primary School in Bolton North East will benefit from the additional million-pound funding announced by the Department for Transport earlier this week.
The government has recognised the importance of walking to school and set the first ever walk to school target in its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, to get 55% of primary school pupils walking to school by 2025.
Being physically active, such as cycling or walking to school, cuts the risk of developing health issues and helps kids to be more alert and ready to learn – positively impacting their health and wellbeing.
The programme tackles the barriers that may prevent children and their families choosing to walk to and from school, as well as provides schools with classroom materials and access to local coordinators who can help schools get new walking initiatives up and running.
Mark Logan MP said:
“Walk to School Week gives children the chance to enjoy fresh air and exercise. It reduces congestion, improves road safety and means we have cleaner air around schools.
“I hope many more families in Bolton North East will follow in the footsteps of the pupils at Moorgate Primary School, St Thomas C of E Primary School and Walmsley C of E Primary School and give walking to school a go.”