THOSE looking to shed a few pounds in the new year could do worse than take a leaf from the book of pupils at Milford Grange NS.
Boys and girls got into the Christmas spirit as part of a seasonal WOW day - or Walk on Wednesday - to promote shoe leather over the car.
Part of the Limerick Smarter Travel school project, the day saw over 340 pupils and 15 teachers at Milford participate.
Walk on Wednesdays is a whole-school initiative to raise awareness about alternatives to the car and the benefits of walking to school. As part of this event, pupils wore Santa hats and other Christmas gear and walked from two designated “park and stride” locations.
“Many children arrived much more alert and ready for work. This event was so visual and went along way to raise awareness that cars aren’t the only mode,” commented the school’s travel co-ordinator Denis O’Connor.
As part of the initiative, pupils from third to sixth class were also given a demonstration of an electric car and what more sustainable modes of transport can do for the environment.
WOW days were also held in the run-up to Christmas at St Brigid’s National School and St Patrick’s Girls National School.
Funded by the Department of Transport with the support of Limerick Smarter Travel, the programme continues during 2014.
According to Ellen O’Sullivan, school travel officer: “the aim of Smarter Travel is to get us all to think about how and why we make travel choices for all the trips we make”.
“It’s about considering the impact our travel decisions have on others and on ourselves. The Smarter Travel programme doesn’t just set out a vision for better travel choices but also provides funding to provide information and improve facilities for cyclists, walkers and public transport users to make it easier for us to make the right choices.”
See www.limericksmartertravel.ie for more details.