Port Lincoln Primary School promotes Walk Safely to School Day

CROSSING: Port Lincoln Primary School students Elke Thomas, Abbey Francis and Lucas Davids cross the street with help from fellow student Maddie Gotch.
CROSSING: Port Lincoln Primary School students Elke Thomas, Abbey Francis and Lucas Davids cross the street with help from fellow student Maddie Gotch.

This Friday is Walk Safely to School Day and a local primary school is once again using the occasion to promote the benefits of walking to school to its students and the wider community.

The annual event raises awareness of the health and environmental benefits regular walking can provide for children, as well as remaining safe while walking to school.

Port Lincoln Primary School is taking part in the day and has encouraged all students who are able to walk to school to do so, or parents to park a little further away and walk the rest of the way.

The school will provide house points for students who can walk or ride part of the way to school.

Students under 10-years-old are encouraged to always walk with a parent.

Deputy principal Rory Hunt said the school promoted students being physically active with initiatives such as Run Club on Thursday.

"Port Lincoln Primary School gets behind days like Walk Safely to School Day but we encourage students not only to walk to school on May 14, but any day of the year," he said.

The school has been active in helping its students and others from surrounding schools walk to school, with students helping with crossing duties on Adelaide Place.

Year 7 student Elke Thomas said she walked to school a couple times a week during winter or every day when the weather was nice.

"it's really good, I meet up with my friends who live near me and we go through the park or take a different route each time," she said.