Pupils from across Fife headed to their local parks to get active and celebrate all things that are great about walking and their participation in the WOW project during National Walking Month.
During May, a number Fife schools came together to take part in lots of fun activities in their local parks. All the schools there take part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets.
WOW rewards children who walk to school at least once a week with collectable badges and has been shown to increase the number of children walking to school by 23 per cent on average. Pupils and teachers from the Fife schools have been working hard to increase active travel rates and have made a real effort to increase walking to school.
over the 4 events 500 pupils attended and took part in a range of activities including, fun with award winning Children’s entertainer Jamie the Jester, games sessions, den building, and lots more. The activities were chosen to highlight the active fun children can have outdoors.
Fife Council have been delivering the WOW celebration events for 3 years and love working in partnership with Living Streets to make the event as fun as possible and a real celebration of Fife’s commitment to making the school journey an active one.
Fife schools are part of a collective of 220 schools from across Scotland who are taking part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge and helping make Scotland a walking nation.
Councillor Altany Craik, Convener – Economy Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee Fife Council said:
Fife Schools have been taking part in the year round walk to school challenge for the past couple of years and we have seen some great achievements from those involved. Last year one of Fife Schools received the title for most actively travelled in Scotland for Easter, this was then repeated by another Fife school who was awarded most actively travelled in Scotland for the Festive period. it is fantastic to see such results and increases in active travel to school through the hard work of everyone involved. I hope the pupils enjoy the events and it encourages them to keep up the excellent work.
Rebecca Simpson, Project Manager, Living Streets Scotland said:
“We love working with Fife Council on their WOW park events. As a Local Authority they are dedicated to making the school journey an active one, and we support them to make this happen.
“This May we want to get the whole of Scotland taking to their feet and celebrating the benefits of moving more. These schools are a fantastic example of what can be achieved from small steps.”
Living Streets have now developed the WOW song and Dance and are encouraging people to join in the fun by learning the song and dance before uploading to twitter with #walktoschoolweek and #WOWDance. Don’t forget to tag LStreetsScot