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Best foot forward as pupils step out on the healthy route to school.

PUPILS in Huyton took to the streets for a record-breaking attempt - all in the name of safety.

Nearly 1,000 pupils from St Margaret Mary's Catholic Infant and Junior schools on Pilch Lane stepped out to take part in a Giant Walking Bus as part of a national event organised by road safety charity BRAKE.

The aim of the day was to promote safe walking to school, teaching the children about both road safety and the health benefits of walking, and encouraging motorists to be more considerate of young pedestrians.

Before the record attempt, the St Margaret Mary's pupils took part in a competition to make road safety placards.

The winning designs by Olivia Whitehead, Grace Quinton, Lily Roberts, Alexa Martindale and Rica Castillo were displayed during the walk.

The Giant Walking Bus was the latest initiative at the schools to encourage pupils to walk to school safely.

Both the infant and junior schools have bicycle and scooter storage on site and a monthly Walking Bus is supervised by school staff.

There is also a WoW scheme where children are rewarded with badges if they walk to school every Wednesday.

Headteacher of St Margaret Mary's Catholic Infant School, Jayne Dunn said: "The children have really enjoyed the build up to this record-breaking attempt and have learnt a lot about road safety and the benefits of walking to school.

"Hopefully we will see even more families leaving the car at home and choosing to make their journeys safely by foot, bike or scooter."

Cllr Graham Wright, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services at Knowsley Council, said: "It is good to see pupils and parents choosing to walk to school rather than take the car, which is better for them and for the environment.

"Giving young people the skills to stay safe on the roads gives them the confidence to walk more, which gets them in good habits for life."

The walk took place with support from Merseyside Police.

? More information about BRAKE can be found at www.brake.org.uk

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?The winning road safety posters with their designers (back row, left to right) Lily Roberts, Rica Castillo. (front) Alexa Martindale, Olivia Whitehead and Grace Quinton.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 25, 2013
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