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'Walking bus' will help kids get fit at St Columb Major Academy

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 13, 2013

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CHILDREN from St Columb Major Academy put their best foot forward yesterday (Tuesday) to launch a 'walking bus' from the town centre.

The scheme is designed to encourage children who would normally be driven to school to walk all or part of the way on foot, providing them with exercise and reducing traffic congestion and pollution.

Youngsters and their parents met at the memorial at 8.30am and walked to school accompanied by Cornwall Council's walking mascot, Billy the Boots. The 'bus' will run every morning during term-time.

The walking bus is a combined school, parent and Cornwall Council project which sees trained volunteers escort children to school along an established route.

Antus Phillips, head teacher at St Columb Major Academy, said: "We are really excited by this initiative; it's a really good start to the day as it encourages the children to become healthier and fitter, develop better road sense and it also means there will be fewer cars on the roads around school, making it safer for everyone."

The school has introduced the scheme with the help of Cornwall Council's Sustainable Transport Group which has provided training for volunteers, and literature and guidelines to parents and children who join the scheme. The Sustainable Transport Group ensures that chosen routes are suitable and are as safe as possible.

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