THOUSANDS of schoolchildren from across Solihull are gearing up to put their best foot forward and walking to school next week as part of a nationwide campaign.
Over 15,000 pupils from 43 schools across the borough will be participating in Walk to School Week which runs from May 18-22 and is supported by Solihull Council.
The theme for the week will be ‘Walking Together’ which aims to encourage as many children as possible to get up and stroll alongside their family and friends and enjoy the social side of the activity.
By using foot power and taking part in the venture, pupils will also be helping the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association with schools raising money for the good cause.
As part of the incentive, representatives from the charity will be stopping off at some schools to inform youngsters about how the animals can benefit the lives of blind and partially-sighted people.
Councillor Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport, highways and infrastructure, said: “Walking to school offers children and parents many benefits.
“It’s healthy, it’s free and it’s a great way to equip children with the road safety skills that they’ll need when making more independent journeys as they grow.
“Encouraging more families to ditch the car and walk to school will also be of great benefit to the environment and reduce raffic surrounding schools.”
The Walk to School campaign is run by the charity Living Streets and is funded by the Department of Transport and the BIG Lottery.
Anyone wanting further information can visit the website at www.walktoschool.org.uk .