Local City of Port Phillip families explain how walking to school sets them up for a great day.

Walk to school month is in October!

Vic Health’s Walk to School campaign, which runs throughout October, encourages primary students to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. Last year, 9 out of 13 Port Phillip primary schools participated and 3290 students tallied 65,163 walks in the month-long event.

This year Council is calling on local schools to sign up (www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au) and help students build healthy habits for life. Walking, scooting and riding makes the streets around school safer, less congested and more pleasant. Those who live further away can walk part way and share the benefits.

Schools that register at www.walktoschool.vic.gov.au will also be in the running to win great prizes. Local schools are eligible for a Port Phillip Council for $200 rebate, event support and can apply for ongoing assistance with walking, scooting and riding a bike to school.

This year one lucky school will win a coffee cart valued at $800 for their celebratory event. To be in the running register your interest by emailing schooltravel@portphillip.vic.gov.au by 15 September 2017 and let us know in 300 words or less what your school’s plans are for Walk to School this year.