A NEW education pack will help turn the school run into an adventure for Wearside youngsters.
Packs of free collectable stickers of birds, bugs, spiders and slugs will be given to youngsters to turn the walk to school into a nature trail.
The stickers are being sent to primary schools as part of Make Tracks this Spring, a campaign to encourage people to leave the car at home and look for more active ways to travel to school.
To launch the campaign pupils from St Mary’s RC Primary School in Sunderland were on hand to demonstrate how fun active travel can be.
Councillor David Wood, chairman of the Integrated Transport Authority, said: “The packs have fun facts and figures to promote the value of active travel for health and fitness, the environment and the cash savings of using less petrol.”
Kathryn Watt, teacher at St Mary’s, said: “As well as being good fun, getting out and getting active is hugely beneficial to children. Even if it’s just once a week, leaving the car at home and walking, riding or scooting to school is good for the environment, our health and may even help reduce fuel costs.”
Children can also register at www.gosmarter.co.uk to win one of 50 places at a special workshop, being held in the Easter holidays, to meet a selection of reptiles, mini-beasts and creepy-crawlies up close and personal.
Councillor James Blackburn, of Sunderland City Council, said: “Working together with children and families we can achieve a lot, and make sure we all ‘Go Smarter’ to school and work in future.”