Walk Safely To School Day, Friday

Wheely impressed: The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne and Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott join Matthew Pearce’s walking bus. Picture: The Hills Council

Wheely impressed: The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne and Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott join Matthew Pearce’s walking bus. Picture: The Hills Council

If you haven’t done so before, why not board Matthew Pearce Public School’s walking bus this Friday — Walk Safely To School Day.

Principal Kim Fawcett said she was particularly proud of her school’s Walking Bus Program because it was the biggest in the state.

She said 44 students participate in the program, which sees 27 parent volunteers to walk the group along a set route to school every day.

Ms Fawcett said the program helped promote a fit and healthy lifestyle and took several cars off the road.

“I want to thank parents, students and the P&C [Parents and Citizens Association] for being such strong supporters of the program and I hope it continues to grow,’’ she said.

The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne and Baulkham Hills state MP David Elliott took a stroll with the students in the lead up to Walk Safely To School Day and couldn’t praise the bus enough.

“The parents and students at Matthew Pearce set such a fantastic example to so many schools around The Sydney Hills,’’ Cr Byrne said.

Mr Elliott said: “It is a great initiative and I would love to see other schools around The Sydney Hills give it a go.

“For those parents and students who don’t normally walk to school, I encourage you participate in Walk Safely to School Day on Friday.”

■ Will you be walking to school on May 23?

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