International Walk to School Month is currently underway and Heron Park Primary Academy is encouraging its pupils to take part, with the support of local housebuilder Barratt Homes. As part of its commitment to support local schools, Barratt Southern Counties has donated 30 hi vis vests to help keep pupils visible as the darker nights draw in.
Launched in 2006, International Walk to School Month is designed to encourage pupils to walk to school rather than be driven by car in order to reduce congestion and improve health and wellbeing. New research also suggests that children who walk to school are more engaged with their streets and aware of the impact of cars than those who do not.*
Lynnette St Quintin, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt Southern Counties, says: “We are proud to offer our continued support to such an important campaign that encourages children to walk to school and remain visible as they do so. As the evenings are starting to get darker earlier, driving may be a more tempting option for some parents, so we hope through our donation of fluorescent hi-vis vests that we can encourage parents, carers and pupils in Eastbourne to choose to walk instead.”
Miss Emmett, Headteacher at Heron Park Primary Academy, says: “We always encourage our pupils to walk to school wherever possible and these brightly coloured vests that Barratt Homes have so kindly donated will definitely encourage more parents to think about leaving their car at home. We appreciate it’s not always easy so we hope that Walk to School month will remind pupils and parents alike to consider walking to school more often.”
Barratt Southern Counties has recently launched its Meadowburne Place development on St Martin’s Road, just one and a half miles from Heron Park Primary Academy.
To find out more about Meadowburne Place, visit www.barratthomes.co.uk or call 0333 355 8498.