SUNNY SMILES: Miles State School children participated in a Walk Safely to School initiative.
SUNNY SMILES: Miles State School children participated in a Walk Safely to School initiative. Brooke Duncan

Students learn to walk safely to school

CHILDREN at Miles State School had some valuable lessons in road safety with the school's Walk Safely to School initiative last Friday.

Principal Steve Bennett said students met staff at various checkpoints around town and walked to school together to promote safety and health.

"(It's) just about explicitly teaching road safety practices, so stop look and listen, and this'll lead in to road safety week which will happen in term three and will be supported by the police who will come and run some training programs,” he said.

"So it's a good initiative supported by our local police, and the IGA has provided some free fruit for us... and it's good to promote healthy activity and getting the kids to walk to school.”

Thee school has also been running other health programs for the past couple months.

"For the last five weeks we've been doing a running around the school program so, from 8.45-9am, we've been running laps around the school in preparation for our school cross country and we tied that in to the Commonwealth Games,” Mr Bennett said.

"So we actually calculated the distance from Miles to Brisbane, Brisbane to the Gold Coast, Gold Coast to Townsville then Cairns, and back again, so we in five weeks have calculated each student's lap which is about 600m around the school and I think we're down to the last few hundred kilometres, so we're nearly back to Miles”

"We do this every year so it's a great little initiative, gets kids active, and it's a great thing, we're getting parents running laps around the school.”