Green-Schools National Walk to School Week at St Joseph’s NS
National Walk to School Week 2019, Ireland’s annual celebration of walking to school, was May 13 to 17 in schools across the country.
St Joseph’s NS in Milltownpass undertook a Walkability Audit during National Walk to School Week, and investigated good things and bad things on a walking route to school. The children from the Green-Schools Committee were ‘engineers, surveyors and speed detectors’ for the day and were enthusiastic about coming up with solutions to improve problems they discovered.
Green-Schools National Walk to School Week is an annual country-wide initiative which this year resulted in thousands of people walking to and from school, to celebrate the environmental, health, social and financial benefits of active travel on the school journey.
St Joseph’s are keen encourage students, their families, and teachers to walk to school or especially to park ‘n’ stride, especially in the summer months.
Last year 20,000 people walked to school, on National WOW (Walk on Wednesday) Day - May 15. The week was also an opportunity for schools to try other modes of travel including: cycling, scooting, Park ‘n’ Stride, carpooling and travelling by bus.
If students at your school walked to school on National Wow day feel free to tweet Green-Schools or share a photo @greenschoolsire (Twitter and Instagram) #walktoschool19 or teachers email your numbers walking on the day to firstname.lastname@example.org.